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How Should Hydraulic Fracturing Be Regulated?

April 19, 2013

Columbia Law School
435 West 116th St. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104


8:30 a.m.-9:25 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:25 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks by David Schizer, Dean of Columbia Law School

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Introduction: Presentation and Discussion of David Schizer and Tom Merrill's paper "The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Water Contamination: A Regulatory Strategy"


Panel 1: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Economic and National Security Implications of Fracking.

Moderator: Geoff Heal, Columbia University Business School

Travis Bradford, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

David Freudenthal, Former Governor of Wyoming

Jason Bordoff, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs


11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Coffee Break


Panel 2: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Risks of Fracking. 

Moderator: Jesse Greene, Columbia Business School

Charles Stanley, QEP Resources

Timothy Fitzgerald, Montana State University

Michael Levi, Council on Foreign Relations


1:00 – 2:15 pm: Lunch


Panel 3: 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Regulatory Strategies: Substantive Rules.

Moderator: Tom Merrill, Columbia Law School

Hannah Wiseman, Florida State University College of Law

Chris Kulander, Texas Tech University School of Law

Mark Brownstein, Environmental Defense Fund


3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break


Panel 4: 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Regulatory Strategies: Allocating Responsibility Among Different Levels and Branches of Government. 

Moderator: Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School

Mark K. Boling, Southwestern Energy

Michael Burger, Roger Williams University School of Law

Deborah Goldberg, Earthjustice

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