Take It Easy On Fracking

Law360, New York (March 15, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT) -- In the past 18 months, hydraulic fracturing — the process by which large amounts of water and other liquids, including chemicals, are pumped into shale oil and gas formations to increase the production of oil and natural gas — has garnered increased attention from federal and state regulators, as well as the national press.

Just in the past month, however, recent developments regarding hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” or “hydrofracking,” have reached a veritable fever pitch, as continued concerns over the process’ potential environmental impacts,...
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