Concern and counter-concern: The challenge of fragmented fears for the reguation of hydraulic fracturing

John Pearson, Gary Lynch-Wood

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Abstract

Proposals to use the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract natural gas in the United Kingdom has been met with both opposition and support as has often been the case for new extractive industries exploring new techniques or applications thereof. An idiosyncratic feature of the debate surrounding hydraulic fracturing is however the seeming lack of congruence of the concerns raised by experts and civic opposition. The authors consider the potential implications of this fragmentation of fears surrounding the process for its future regulation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Extractive Industries and Society
Early online date9 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • hydraulic fracturing
  • fracking
  • regulation
  • environmental law

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