Drilling and hydraulic fracturing for fossil fuels in shales and other “tight” formations has positioned the United States to be self-sufficient in the production of fossil fuels within the next several decades and to become a net exporter of natural gas. The benefits of this somewhat unexpected boom will be fleeting, however, if we do not properly manage the externalities of development. This panel will explore emerging strategies to address the environmental impacts of shale gas and oil development. Panelists will discuss methods of identifying and addressing hydrologic inputs used (or ignored) in state oil and gas permitting, proposed federal standards for fracturing with diesel fuel—a practice that is not exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the broader question of who should regulate—local, state, regional, or federal actors, including whether states should preempt local control of the development process.

Emily Collins is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Supervising Attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic, which houses a staff scientist, a staff attorney, 10-12 law students and graduate and doctoral students in environmental engineering, geology and public health. A graduate of Pace Law and New York University, Professor Collins practiced environmental law at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Office of Public Interest Counsel before joining the Pitt faculty in 2008. Her scholarship focuses on public participation in environmental decisionmaking, antidegradation policy implementation methods, methods of client counseling, and quantitative examinations of the interactions between legal systems and hydrologic systems.
Keith B. Hall is the Director of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute and an Assistant Professor of Law at Louisiana State University (LSU). Before joining LSU, he practiced at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. in New Orleans, focusing on oil and gas law, environmental law and toxic tort litigation. He serves as Chair of the New Orleans Bar Association’s Oil and Gas Committee, Vice Chair of the Louisiana Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, a member of the board of trustees for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and a member of the advisory board for the Institute for Energy Law. In addition, he co-authors Recent Developments: Mineral Law for the bimonthly Louisiana Bar Journal. Before joining the LSU faculty, Professor Hall taught Introduction to Mineral Law as a member of the adjunct faculty at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans and was the author of his law firm’s blog, the Oil and Gas Law Brief.
Bruce Kramer is the Maddox Professor of Law Emeritus at Texas Tech University School of Law. He is of counsel at McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore in Houston, Texas. He is the co-author of Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law (since 1996), The Law of Pooling and Unitization (3d ed.) and Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law. In addition to teaching oil and gas law for 30 years, Professor Kramer taught State and Local Government Law and Land Use Planning for 35 years.
Hannah Wiseman (Moderator) is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Florida State University College of Law. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her A.B. from Dartmouth College. Her research has focused largely on hydraulic fracturing since she began her teaching career as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law. While living in Texas, Professor Wiseman became interested in the new property and environment-based legal challenges associated with drilling and fracturing for unconventional fuels and the juxtaposition of fossil fuel development with expanding wind energy.
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