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The Changing Face of International Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation

September 24, 2013

An ELI Research Seminar

Regulation of hydraulic fracturing varies around the globe from complete moratoria (e.g., France) to those jurisdictions actively encouraging the expansion of shale gas development (e.g., Poland). Most countries fall somewhere in the middle and have yet to articulate a comprehensive regulatory approach. Just as each country’s geography presents obstacles to and opportunities for hydraulic fracturing, each nation’s regulatory approach creates a unique climate for exploring and developing shale gas plays. But what are those evolving climates and how will they affect business development and public and environmental health?

Our webinar provided a discussion of the environmental issues influencing hydraulic fracturing regulation and how those regulations promote or limit the development of shale gas in Europe, Canada, and Australia. The conversation focused on current regulatory frameworks and those under consideration. The panel also took a look forward to talk about the forthcoming European Commission Framework, which is intended to manage risk, address regulatory shortcomings, and provide clarity and predictability for all involved in and affected by the business of hydraulic fracturing.


Steven L. Leifer, Partner, Baker Botts (moderator)
Thomas Jackson, Special Counsel, Baker Botts
Stuart Kemp, Senior Director, Environmental Law, Halliburton
John Staub, International Analysis and Forecasting Expert, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Andrew Williams, State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Manager, Environmental Defense Fund



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