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2013

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Hydrofracking: State Preemption, Local Power, And Cooperative Governance, John R. Nolon Jan 2013

Hydrofracking: State Preemption, Local Power, And Cooperative Governance, John R. Nolon

Pace Law Faculty Publications

Advocates for the gas drilling technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, argue that it will bring significant economic benefits to the private and public sectors. Its opponents dispute these claims and point to significant environmental and public health risks associated with fracking—risks that must be considered in adopting government regulations needed to protect the public interest. One of the many issues raised by fracking is which level of government should regulate which aspects of the practice. This debate is complicated by the fact that the risks associated with fracking raise concerns of federal, state, and local importance and ...