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First Advisor

Derren Rosbach

Second Advisor

Sharon Wulf

Date

2013

Abstract

Oftentimes produced water from hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region is not treated and disposed of properly because drilling companies are taking advantage of loose regulations. Hydraulic fracturing is exempt from many federal regulations, including the Federal Safe Water Drinking Act, which allows drilling companies to be careless when dealing with their produced water. However, some western states such as Wyoming, Utah, and Texas have strong regulatory frameworks that allow hydraulic fracturing to thrive, but in a safer manner. If local and state governments in the Marcellus Shale region tailor a plan similar to the ones of Wyoming, Utah, and Texas, then hydraulic fracturing could flourish throughout the United States.

Keywords

The World's Water

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

The World's Water

Program

Great Problems Seminar

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Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations


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