Oil industry supporting natural gas development

Oil industry supporting natural gas development
Monday, October 3, 2011 - 9:59am

No longer content to be passive observers of the debate, some of the largest oil companies in the U.S. have begun mounting their own, more forceful defense against criticism of the boom in natural gas development.

Earlier this month, Houston-based ConocoPhillips became the latest to join the fray, with word it will launch a national advertising campaign to tout the benefits of natural gas as a clean-burning fuel that can reduce dependence on foreign energy sources and create U.S. jobs.

It followed Exxon Mobil Corp., the nation’s largest gas producer, which started a similar ad campaign in June, along with a website to answer questions about natural gas drilling and the controversial extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Executives with Chevron Corp., Shell and others also have been making the case more in public forums.

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