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Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing: Issues, Challenges and Regulatory Regime
Thomas E. Kurth

This Note discusses the advantages and disadvantages of hydraulic fracturing, certain federal, state and local regulations to which hydraulic fracturing is subject and the future of hydraulic fracturing.

The substantial growth of domestic unconventional shale (fine grained sedimentary rocks that can be rich sources of oil and natural gas) resources in recent years has largely been the result of the increase in the use of hydraulic fracturing (known colloquially as "frac'ing", "fracking" and, in this Note, "fracing"). Hydraulic fracturing is generally viewed as a completion technique that is a practical necessity to promote the development of unconventional "tight" shale reservoirs, particularly gas-shale. It entails treating water, oil or gas wells to stimulate more production than otherwise would have been achieved using standard drilling and production techniques.

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