Local Impacts of Hydro-Fracking. Pace University 13th Annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 11:00am

Since 1993, Pace University’s Land Use Law Center has fostered development of sustainable communities by promoting innovative land use strategies and techniques for dispute resolution.  This year’s 13th annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference includes discussions involving local control of what many experts see as the inevitable development of New York State’s gas shale resources.

Panelists explored issues related to the premises that: (i) Horizontal gas exploration will continue because of the nation’s need for the resource and (ii) Industry, governmental agencies, and responsible environmentalists support regulations that render the practice safe, and (iii) Impacts of the practice are imperfectly protected by current and proposed federal and state regulations. Lacking sound models for protecting against adverse impacts, local governments have banned fracking. This, in turn, has led states to preempt local authority, which perpetuates the neglect of local impacts.  This panel gathtered industry representatives, regulators, scientists, and local leaders to discuss models for regulatory and non-regulatory options for localities to consider in lieu of prohibiting the practice.  

Participants included:
Professor John Nolon, Pace Law School 
Stephen C. Ross, County Attorney, Santa Fe County 
James E. Saiers, Professor of Hydrology, Associate Dean of Academic  Affairs and Professor of Chemical Engineering, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and 

Mark K. Bolling, President, V+ Development Solutions, a division of Southwestern Energy

Professor John Nolon provides the background for a YCEI-sponsored panel discussion on how communities around the United States respond to gas shale development.