Melinda Taylor, “After Review of Shale Drilling Science, Researchers Want To Learn More” (Houston Public Media)

On June 26, 2017, Houston Public Media quoted Professor Melinda Taylor, the associate director of the KBH Center, in a story on a review of shale drilling science from the Academy of of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) that found benefits – and consequences – from the industry’s growth across Texas. A TAMEST Task Force member, Professor Taylor served as the lead on Chapter 4 of the report, which describes the effects of shale development on Texas’ land resources. According to Professor Taylor, “there’s more to learn when it comes to land use. We don’t have a real good sense of how oil and gas development is affecting the land resources, such as wildlife and plant resources, at the site level.” She also observed that industry expansion into parts of Far West Texas is an opportunity for baseline land studies that haven’t been done before.