June 01, 2016 Feature

Hydraulic Fracturing: Contracts, Courts, and Compromise

Hannah J. Wiseman

The United States is currently a global leader in the production of oil and natural gas owing to the rapid emergence of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in shales and other “tight” formations. This development has substantially benefited the country but also has generated costs that are borne by a variety of individuals and organizations. Many of those who bear the brunt of the costs have sought legal advice.

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