Fall 2013

Local Land Use Regulations and Hydrofracking:

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Local Land Use Regulations and Hydrofracking:

Through the use of a new technology, known as horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” large reserves of previously noneconomic oil and gas trapped in tight shale rock formations are now commercially exploitable. Many communities overlying potentially profitable shale formations have been targeted by extraction companies for leasing. Yet even as the leases are secured, the process remains controversial, as concerns over the possibility of groundwater contamination, air pollution, and industrialization of rural environs persist.

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