Debunking The Myth Of Hydraulic Fracturing

Law360, New York (August 12, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT) -- Hydraulic fracturing, the process used to help release hydrocarbons in shale rock containing oil and gas, is frequently criticized as being unregulated. This is a myth. Numerous federal, state and local laws and regulations affect hydraulic fracturing activities.

Because the practice is contributing to an ongoing economic boom in oil and gas-rich states, the real question is which level of government is best suited to regulate the practice to allow economic development to continue without unacceptable environmental risks.

Background

Hydraulic fracturing has been used by the...
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