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Monday, August 11, 2014

Harvard Law School publishes updated landowner's guide to fracking

Harvard Law School's Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic has published an updated version of its A Landowner's Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing.  The clinic says that it's:
aimed at landowners across the country and contains information relevant for property owners who are considering whether to sign a lease to allow either oil or gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, including proposed lease language. 
The Guide:
  • Highlights some of the key environmental and health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing; and
  • Provides recommendations for how a landowner can incorporate provisions into a lease to reduce or mitigate those risks. 
The land rush in Pennsylvania is for the most part over (except, egregiously, on public lands). Still, a comparison of existing leases to Harvard's document might be very illuminating. And for landowners here and across the country who are considering leases, this guidance is invaluable.

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