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How Should Hydraulic Fracturing Be Regulated?

How Should Hydraulic Fracturing Be Regulated?

April 19, 2013

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After decades of concern about the availability and price of energy in the US, we are now looking at the potential for energy independence in future years and vast quantities of low cost energy through natural gas and oil in shale. This unexpected change derives from the expanded use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracturing or “fracking”), a technology that has been used in the energy industry for many years. While this puts the US in a whole new economically competitive stance in the world, do we know enough about this technology to allow the continued expansion of its application? Are the benefits greater than the risks? What regulatory strategies could address these risks? Who should make these regulatory choices? Who should be liable for problems and what standard should apply?

This conference will explore the economic benefits, the technology, and environmental risks, and the regulatory and legal choices that we are making, and will need to continue to make, as the energy industry continues to expand its use of this powerful technological tool.

Confirmed conference speakers include:

Mark K. Boling, President of V+ Development Solutions and General Counsel, Southwestern Energy Company

Jason Bordoff, Director, Center on Global Energy Policy and Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

Travis Bradford, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

Mark Brownstein, Associate Vice President & Chief Counsel of the US Climate & Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Michael Burger, Associate Professor,  Roger Williams University School of Law

Timothy Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor, Montana State University

Dave Freudenthal, Former Governor of Wyoming and Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School

Deborah Goldberg, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice

Jesse J. Greene, Senior Fellow, Richman Center and Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School

Geoffrey M. Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

Christopher Kulander, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations

Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

David M. Schizer, Dean, Columbia Law School

Charles B. Stanley, Chairman, President & CEO, QEP Resources, Inc.

Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law


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