Friday, June 24, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Law

Dr. Elizabeth Burleson is an environmental law professor who has taught at various universities across the country.  She is also a relative of mine.  The only collaboration we have ever done together is limited to me explaining Midwest aquifer systems to her before she starting teaching in the Midwest.  However, I know she greatly appreciates the field of geography.

One of the topics Dr. Burleson has been focusing on is hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.  Fracking is the use of pressurized chemicals and water to break up underground rock layers in order to facilitate oil drilling, mining, or other resource extractions.  While fracking allows for greater extraction it is controversial because of some the chemicals are toxic and there have been incidents of chemicals contaminating aquifers or becoming airborne.

Recently Dr. Burleson was interviewed by Bloomberg concerning fracking and environmental law.  The interview provides insight to the fracking debate and potential consequences of mismanagement of fracking.

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