Laying down the law over fracking

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Critics of the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract shale oil and gas - fracking - will not be placated by recently published US draft regulations. Despite extensive consultation by the Bureau of Land Management, the new draft rules have been described as “woefully inadequate” and “an industry wish list” by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental lobby group. The Bureau is seeking comments on the latest draft, so the debate is set to continue.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2013

Bibliographical note

John Paterson has previously received funding from European Framework Programmes for projects relating to risk governance. He provides training to the oil and gas industry, including in the field of health, safety and environmental regulation.


  • Fracking
  • Environmental law
  • Shale gas
  • Government regulation
  • Foundation essays UK


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