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The Shale Gas Revolution: Risks and Opportunities

Fool -- It seems that hardly a day goes by lately that fracking is not making headlines. On the one hand, investors practically salivate at what they see as a massive moneymaking opportunity. On the other hand, environmental and community activists see an ominous threat to health and natural resources. A new report out from KKR (NYSE: KKR ) , a leading private equity (PE) investment firm, suggests that both have the potential to be true, depending on how the shale gas boom is handled going forward.

Private equity uses its powers for good
It's worth taking a moment to consider why a huge PE firm like KKR would even write and release such a report. In the last five years, KKR has made enormous strides in advancing its decision to include sustainability as a key strategic driver for enhancing share


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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 7:15:04 AM

Fool is right.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 11:21:17 PM

::::How appropriate that investing in shale gas & fracking is discussed in a publication entitled the "Fool.":::


There is a legitimate historical reason that the Motley Fool has its name. The name is quite appropriate and the Fool organization proudly trumps up its name as a badge of honor. Try researching it a little bit. In this context, to be 'Foolish' is to be extremely wise, savvy and to have your finger on the pulse.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 8:08:09 PM


How appropriate that investing in shale gas & fracking is discussed in a publication entitled the "Fool."
pricewar
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 4:11:32 AM

These investors can be quite deceiving when there is a hell of a lot of money to be made
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 3:52:18 AM

as with most things, there are pros and cons to shale gas
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 2:10:04 AM

As the acceptance of Shale Gas increases, let us watch and insist that the Environmental concerns are positively addressed and the projects comply with legitimate regulations at all times! DO NOT LET IT FUNCTION AS THE OLD DAY COAL COMPANIES; BOTH UNDERGROUND AND STRIPPING OPERATIONS! We do not want to see nature damaged by greed. Remember the lovely streams and lakes that were turned BLACK from underground mine water being pumped into streams thereby killing fish and wild life for the sake of coal. Be careful with how this new venture treats Mother Nature. If they comply - welcome them, if not, shut them down!
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:44:30 AM

The risk is it seems to ruin the well water of people in the vicinity of the fracking.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:42:00 AM

There is a need to tread lightly as the growing exploitation of the shale formations continues.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:41:41 AM

The oil companies say no risk. WHo do you beleive.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:39:12 AM

I totally agree with that
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:35:15 AM

don't ruin our drinking water
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:34:32 AM

Good point by BobD2009.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:33:21 AM

ok.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:29:30 AM

Fracking could be a lifesaver or a killer. We need to focus on the safety aspects and on doing it right.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:28:46 AM

Many of the risks have been proven to be bunk.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:22:52 AM

can always improve the way we do things.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:22:39 AM

It would be nice to sort out the eco-terrorists , the oil company shills and the true science and be able to tell who is telling the truth.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:21:56 AM

Why? PR.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:21:08 AM

always two sides to every story. True here.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:20:01 AM

All opportunities
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:15:16 AM

Always going to be two sides, and both claim to be right
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:15:12 AM

Hnless a better way is found the risk is to great
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:14:30 AM

Risks, are they worth the positives? Time will tell
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:14:23 AM

No risk, NO reward.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:12:45 AM

There are always a risk in doing things new.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:10:06 AM

This is not good
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:05:05 AM

To me, the associated risks are not threatening.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:04:52 AM

Not worth the risks. We need greener (non-polluting) energy sources.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:04:31 AM

Just something for the NIMBY's to fuss about.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:04:23 AM

Wait another 4 years for that to happen.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:59:15 AM

the term "shale gas boom" might come back to haunt us...
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:56:14 AM

Let's not forget that speculators fall into the category of "other stakeholders".
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:55:28 AM

capitalism and the profit motive made this country great
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:53:43 AM

They are in it for the money.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:52:00 AM

Great
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:50:47 AM

If they keep the environmental concerns in the headlines, other startups will be less inclined to try to compete - leaving the margins higher.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:48:59 AM

Frack away
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:48:31 AM

Hmm, ok.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:47:12 AM

Not worth the risks. We need greener (non-polluting) energy sources.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:45:14 AM

The liberal environmental activists are hipocrits anyway. Most are probably driving big SUVs, living in large homes with big carbon footprints and flying in private jets from their foundations...so blow them off and do what's right for the country...MORE FRACKING!!
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:44:51 AM

Money talks BS walks
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:43:35 AM

i like it
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:42:04 AM

Let's get it.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:40:41 AM

Let get FRACKING!
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:34:11 AM

If it's in the ground... without "fracking"... it's still a danger... It's all going to leak out sooner or later.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:32:53 AM

Lets go!
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:23:05 AM

It would be nice to sort out the eco-terrorists , the oil company shills and the true science and be able to tell who is telling the truth.
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