Cooperative Federalism and Hydraulic Fracturing: A Human Right to a Clean Environment

Elizabeth Burleson

BurlesonInstitute.org; London School of Economics (LSE)

February 17, 2012

Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2013

United States natural gas production is likely to stunt the direction and intensity of renewable energy by up to two decades according to a MIT study. Gas will not provide a “’bridge to a low-carbon future if it erodes efforts to prepare a landing at the other end of the bridge.” Unconventional natural gas extraction need not become a “transition” to a new addiction. This article analyzes how cooperative federalism and inclusive decision-making can provide legitimacy and transparency when balancing property rights versus police powers to regulate natural gas production.

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Keywords: human rights, environment, hydraulic fracturing, Hydrofracking, federalism, public participation, access to information, natural gas, energy, intellectual property rights, constitutional law, climate change, methane, water, natural resources

JEL Classification: A1, C7, C8, D1, D4, D6, D7, D8, D9, E2, E3, E6, F, F1, F4, H1, H2, H4, H5, H7, H8, I1, I18, I19, I2

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Date posted: February 20, 2012 ; Last revised: March 26, 2012

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Burleson, Elizabeth, Cooperative Federalism and Hydraulic Fracturing: A Human Right to a Clean Environment (February 17, 2012). Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2007234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2007234

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Elizabeth Burleson (Contact Author)
BurlesonInstitute.org ( email )
London School of Economics (LSE) ( email )
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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
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