By Ben Geman

Amy was in Chicago recently to moderate a debate on fracking at the University of Chicago. The video and a recap just went up on the website for the school’s Energy Policy Institute.

Here are highlights of the debate, which Amy found to be genuinely productive and enlightening despite the usual polarization that plagues the issue:

Jeff Holmstead, who represents oil and gas companies as a partner at Bracewell and served as EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation under former President George W. Bush, said the industry takes local health impacts seriously.

“From the industry perspective, most operators believe they’re better off with reasonable regulations than with no regulation at all, and I think over time we’ve seen more responsible development of shale resources,” Holmstead said.

Amy was in Chicago recently to moderate a debate on fracking at the University of Chicago. The video and a recap just went up on the website for the school’s Energy Policy Institute.

Here are highlights of the debate, which Amy found to be genuinely productive and enlightening despite the usual polarization that plagues the issue:

Jeff Holmstead, who represents oil and gas companies as a partner at Bracewell and served as EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation under former President George W. Bush, said the industry takes local health impacts seriously.

“From the industry perspective, most operators believe they’re better off with reasonable regulations than with no regulation at all, and I think over time we’ve seen more responsible development of shale resources,” Holmstead said.

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