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Federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing: Fusing the fissure between energy and the environment

by Lavietes, Rebecca

Abstract

This thesis advocates for the federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing based on two fundamental arguments. First, I argue that natural gas will be the primary energy source in the United States over the next few decades focusing on the national security implications associated with climate change and foreign oil dependencies. Second, I argue that federal regulation is the only way to ensure the continued development of domestic natural gas due to growing public concern pertaining to groundwater contamination. Finally, the paper presents four policy recommendations to be carried out on the federal level.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:11139
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
58 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Price-Smith, Andrew Kannan, Phil
Department/Program
Environmental Program
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2015-05