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Voluntary Performance Standards for Shale Gas Operations in Appalachia

Updating our previous post, a representative of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) indicated at a recent workshop that CSSD leaders want to begin certifying compliance with the CSSD Performance Standards later this year.  The CSSD represents a collaborative effort by Chevron Corp., Shell Oil Co., EQT Corp., and Consol Energy Inc., as well as various environmental advocacy groups and philanthropic organizations, to support innovative practices and continuous improvement in the way companies develop shale gas.  The CSSD Performance Standards focus on preventing potential water and air pollution issues.  Compliance with the Performance Standards is voluntary and will be certified by independent auditors.