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New York Times contributor Keith Schneider recently posted on The Energy Collective to applaud the creation of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development. Based in Pittsburgh, the center is composed of energy companies, environmental groups, and other stakeholders with the joint objective of creating performance standards to encourage more sustainable drilling and production practices. 

This partnership is indicative of a larger trend towards cooperative efforts between the industry and other stakeholders to develop shale plays sensibly. In Ohio, Western Reserve Land Conservancy CEO Rich Cochran recently described his organization’s openness to natural gas development in the Utica, provided that it is conducted in a “thoughtful, planned, collaborative way.”