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Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Bases Regulation, and the Role of Local Governments

In the last decade hydraulic fracturing for natural gas has exploded on the Barnett Shale in Texas. Local governments in Texas, however, do not currently have the regulatory authority, capacity, or the information required to close the regulatory gap. Furthermore, government bodies in charge analysed data in an inappropriate way to claim there was no cancer risk in drilling area.
Using the community experience on the Barnett Shale as a case study, this article focuses on the legal and regulatory framework governing air emissions and proposes changes to the current regulatory structure.

Bibliography:
Rachael Rawlins
Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Bases Regulation, and the Role of Local Governments
Virginia Environmental Law Journal (2013), Vol. 31, pp. 226-306

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