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The Law of Fracking is the first serious law text to deal comprehensively with clients' needs in this rapidly emerging area of the law. Guidance is needed because government entities, landowners, and the environment are heavily impacted, and big-firm gas lobbyists need to understand what empowered opponents could do to regulate the sharply divisive industry.
Audiences for this guidance include (1) parents of children exposed to chemicals or environmental effects; (2) employees exposed to chemicals or environmental effects or directly injured in operations; (3) landowners leasing sites for drillers; (4) neighbors of the drill sites; (5) local regulators; state regulators; (6) environmental organizations; (7) the gas pipeline and drilling firms; and (8) the mega-law firms that represent extractive industries and their international investor community which funds fracking operations.
The text of The Law of Fracking treats a plethora of legal issues revolving around the use of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as a technique used to stimulate production of oil and gas after a well has been drilled. These legal issues revolve around such topics as land rights, lease terms and consequences, life cycle stages of the fracking operation, employment, waste outflows, chemical secrecy and disclosure, transportation for gas and waste, pipelines, and public and native American land issues. The text also addresses cleanup and restoration of the fracking environment.
Non-site issues related to fracking are also treated, such as exports of natural gas, financial factors and royalties, competitive aspects and antitrust, state and local regulatory controls, and national and international government issues.
In addition, The Law of Fracking teaches practitioners about the technical aspects of shale gas extraction, providing the necessary background to understand and comfortably manage a fracking case from beginning to end. And it explains everything the attorney needs to know in litigation over wells and wastes.
Finally, the author provides several useful appendices, including well statistics, common chemicals used in fracking operations, technical advances in well construction, and projections of future gas production. These appendixes are invaluable in gathering evidence to support the client's case.