1. OIL AND GAS:
New shale development standards draw industry and enviro buy-in
A team of energy companies and conservation groups has launched a new set of safety standards for Appalachian shale development to be bolstered by voluntary evaluations of production practices. Two years in the making, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) will dole out a seal of approval for oil and gas companies that meet performance standards designed by interests as varied as Chevron Corp., the Heinz Endowments and the Environmental Defense Fund.