Year-In-Review: Fracking Developments From 2013

Law360, New York (January 2, 2014, 6:04 PM EST) -- Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” was at the forefront of scientific, regulatory and legislative developments in 2013. As evidenced by well-funded nongovernmental organizations' campaigns and efforts to regulate fracking at every level of government, the gas extraction technique is a galvanizing legal issue.

Although hydraulic fracturing has existed for over 60 years, improved horizontal drilling techniques has dramatically improved its effectiveness, producing unprecedented amounts of natural gas from U.S. shale supplies in geologically diverse areas. As typified by the Bakken region in North Dakota, new techniques have...
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