Shale gas renaissance makes governments examine regulatory roles

08/26/2013
The rapid growth of unconventional natural gas development and production is forcing governments worldwide to examine not just how to regulate the business, but also to consider which levels of government can do the best job in specific instances, participants at an Aug. 15-16 conference hosted by the National Research Council agreed. That process is raising new intergovernmental questions that could make federal, state, and local officials reconsider whether existing enforcement responsibilities are still effective for nonoil and gas industries, some participants suggested. In the US, "the governors, state agencies, legislators, and commissions clearly dictate the relationship, and ...
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