Considering Shale Gas Extraction in North Carolina: Lessons from Other States

Author(s): Sarah K. Adair, Brooks Rainey Pearson, Jonas Monast, Avner Vengosh and Robert B. Jackson

Published: March 2012

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Publication Type: Journal Article

Because North Carolina has no active oil and gas production and no existing regulatory framework for this industry, it has a unique opportunity to build a program from the ground up. This article in the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum looks at the environmental and health concerns surrounding hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas trapped below the ground, and shares regulatory approaches other states are taking to reduce these risks. Further, it focuses on several measures North Carolina lawmakers should understand when considering whether, and under what conditions, to allow shale gas extraction in the state.