Fracking: State and Local Regulatory Issues
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy presents:
The Policy Workshop Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development
Fracking: State and Local Regulatory Issues
Friday, April 12, 2013 | 1:00-2:00 PM EDT
Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
The recording is available at http://vimeo.com/64202655; the powerpoint presentation is available here.
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to participate in our second annual policy workshop webinar series, Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development. Natural gas extraction generally, and shale gas extraction in particular, have become highly charged issues as stakeholders debate their effects on environmental and public health and their role in our future energy mix. This webinar series seeks to answer important questions about extraction, the environment, and the future of energy by grounding that debate with expert speakers from a variety of disciplines.
In the eighth installment of the series, Kate Sinding, senior attorney and deputy director of the New York Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, will look at the legal issues relative to state and local regulation of hydraulic fracturing.
Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Because of a set of wide-ranging exemptions from federal law, oil and gas development – including the controversial technology of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” – is primarily regulated at the state level. States have taken a variety of approaches in the face of proposed new high-volume fracking to develop so-called unconventional resources, such as carbon-bearing shale and tight sand formations. Some states have opened the doors wide, only discovering down the road that their regulations were inadequate to protect against the risks inherent in the new technologies. Others have taken a more measured approach, developing new statutory or regulatory frameworks or putting a moratorium on the practice outright until the risks can be evaluated and appropriate safeguards identified.
At the same time, local governments have increasingly been getting in the act. Negative impacts associated with fracking such as water and air pollution, hazardous waste generation, forest and habitat fragmentation, are, arguably, best tackled through the imposition of engineering and technological requirements at the federal and state regulatory level. Community impacts, on the other hand – heavy truck traffic, noise and light pollution, stresses on community services associated with an influx of out-of-state workers – demand a more localized approach. Yet in virtually all states in which oil and gas development occurs, state law limits the extent to which local governments may exercise their traditional zoning and land use powers to restrict or otherwise control such development. This webinar will address legal issues relative to state and local regulation of fracking.
About the Speaker:
Kate Sinding is a Senior Attorney and Deputy Director of the New York Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she specializes in New York regional issues, including proposed hydraulic fracturing, as well as a variety of land use and solid waste matters. Prior to joining NRDC in November 2006, Kate was a partner in the specialty environmental law firm of Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. Kate is a member of the New York State Advisory Panel on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing and sits on the board of the New York Product Stewardship Council. She has taught Environmental Law at Columbia University and Fordham University Schools of Law. Kate is a graduate of New York University Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Barnard College. About the Series: Hosted and sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, our second annual webinar series highlights emerging issues in shale gas development. The series is publicly available online and promoted to both domestic and international academic and policy communities, including governmental officials, think tank analysts, climate change advocates, professors, and students. The webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world. The series is free and open to the public.
To register for the online event:
1. Go to https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/142949655.
2. Click "Register."
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click "Submit."
Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.
A recording of the presentation will be posted online for public access after the event.
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