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

11 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2012 Last revised: 26 Mar 2012

Elizabeth Burleson

BurlesonInstitute.org; London School of Economics (LSE)

Date Written: February 17, 2012

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2007234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2007234

Elizabeth Burleson (Contact Author)

BurlesonInstitute.org ( email )

London School of Economics (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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