Law360 Analysis: Debunking The Myth Of Hydraulic Fracturing

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AUSTIN, Texas, August 13, 2013 -- In a recent issue of Environmental Law360, Baker Botts L.L.P. environmental lawyers Aileen Hooks and Carlos Romo tackle the myth that hydraulic fracturing -- the process used to help release hydrocarbons in shale rock containing oil and gas -- is frequently criticized as being unregulated.

Numerous federal, state and local laws and regulations affect hydraulic fracturing activities, Hooks and Romo point out in the opening of their article. Because the practice is contributing to an ongoing economic boom in oil and gas-rich states, the real question is which level of government is best suited to regulate the practice to allow economic development to continue without unacceptable environmental risks.

The complete Environmental Law360 article is available here.

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