Monday, March 28, 2011

A controversy for state's geologist

A controversy for state's geologist

Published 12:01 a.m., Monday, March 28, 2011
State geologist Langhorne B. "Taury" Smith Jr. discovered in recent days that sharing a controversial opinion publicly comes with career consequences.
He is being castigated by representatives of environmental groups and is under close scrutiny by his employer, the State Education Department. He has become a target of attacks from activists opposed to the state pushing ahead with plans to allow natural gas to be extracted from deep shale recesses using a process called hydraulic fracturing.

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