by Max Brantley
A reader who lives in the middle of the Fayetteville shale and is, I believe, a gas royalty recipient, calls attention to a useful op-ed in today's New York Times from a Wyoming writer. That state is in the midst of a natural resources exploration boom, too.
The writer reminds that there are environmental and human costs that come along with the economic benefits, not all of them calculated in dollars. It is not yet clear if Arkansas has the will to devote new revenue, time or discipline to protecting these treasures.