Avoiding A Fracking Mess

Law360, New York (September 6, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT) -- There is no hotter topic in the field of environmental and tort law than horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, affectionately known as “fracking.” This combined process extracts natural gas (and oil) from dense rock deposits by high-pressure injection of water containing sand and chemical additives that facilitate the process.

The technology holds great economic promise. Natural gas is environmentally clean, abundant and domestic. It accounts for about 25 percent of the U.S. energy supply, and fracking has grown from insignificance only a few years ago, to...
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