Managing Risks Related to Hydraulic Fracturing
Speaker: Terence J. Centner
Concerns that activities accompanying hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are unnecessarily subjecting the environment to damages are leading to ideas under which governments would increase their efforts to reduce risks. In the United States, more than 480,000 wells are producing natural gas extracted from shale deposits. As compared to the conventional production of natural gas, greater risks are associated with shale gas production. An analysis of legal and regulatory provisions addressing hydraulic fracturing used in shale gas production in the United States shows that governments are forgoing the adoption of best management practices that could reduce health and environmental problems.
Terence J. Centner is a professor at the University of Georgia, USA, where he teaches four agricultural and environmental law courses. His policy analyses of agricultural and environmental issues have been published in three books and 140 law review and scientific papers. Centner has lectured at 20 foreign universities, taught as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Mannheim, and is currently the Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen. He served as president of the American Agricultural Law Association and represented the United States at several meetings of the European Agricultural Law Association.
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