FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS—Eastern Seaboard lawmakers anticipating shale drilling

08/06/2012
Unconventional oil and gas shale plays have prompted state legislatures along the US East Coast to update or create regulatory frameworks covering hydraulic fracturing and water management. This article will examine proposed regulations or recently passed laws on shale development in Vermont, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey where some oil and gas laws have led to contention and triggered lawsuits. With the exception of the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania, most of these states have experienced little shale drilling. But geologists have been interested in Mesozoic basins along the eastern seaboard for at last 3 decades (OGJ, July 20, 1998, p. 94). Exxon studied the Ea...
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