What’s the Deal With Fracking? Regulation, Litigation, and Due Diligence

April 26, 2012

This article addresses various issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or ‘’fracking.‘’ While the practice is not new, new technologies have made fracking economically feasible in previously inaccessible deposits of natural gas, including deposits near relatively densely populated areas. This, in turn, has given rise to a host of environmental and health-related considerations, the authors of this article say. The article discusses fracking activities in the Marcellus Shale area in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia; environmental issues raised by fracking in the Marcellus Shale; federal fracking legislation and regulations; state and local requirements; regional water allocation issues; and associated litigation and due diligence avenues of inquiry.

This article was also published in Lexology on July 18, 2012.