State Legislation Vs. Municipal Home Rule Over Fracking

Law360, New York (March 24, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT) -- Hydraulic fracturing is a process by which water, sand and a minor amount of chemicals are injected into an oil or gas reservoir at high pressure, creating fractures and increasing reservoir permeability so more oil or natural gas can be produced. This process has dramatically increased oil and gas production in the U.S. and vaulted the country from being a net importer to a major exporter of hydrocarbons.

Currently, the U.S. is the largest producer of natural gas in the world — eclipsing Russia in 2013...
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