The CLOSUP Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative Fracking Project
Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as "fracking," and new horizontal drilling techniques are creating significant opportunities to expand natural gas production across the United States. However, the absence of comprehensive federal legislation regarding hydraulic fracturing has placed the regulation of unconventional gas drilling primarily within the purview of state and local governments.
To improve understanding of state and local policy issues related to fracking, CLOSUP launched a multi-faceted research project on the topic as part of the Center's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative (EEPI). The CLOSUP Fracking Project began in the fall of 2012 with a public opinion survey on a wide range of issues related to hydraulic fracturing in Michigan and Pennsylvania, two states that share many things in common, but that have significantly different recent experiences with fracking.
The CLOSUP Fracking Project will include survey research, case studies, web-based information resources, events, policy reports, and more, with the goal of informing policy debate around the issue of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
See below for links to recent activities in the CLOSUP Fracking Project, including a policy report on the key findings from the Michigan and Pennsylvania public opinion survey, and additional web-based resources related to the report. The report reviews the history and trends in the development of fracking in the two states, considers potential risks posed by the process, and examines state and federal policy roles, before turning to a detailed review of the survey findings.
Most Recent Report:
- Public Opinion on Fracking: Perspectives from Michigan and Pennsylvania (May, 2013), from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment.
- View the report
- View the news release
- See the Policy Points video
- Additional Report Resources:
- Fracking Timeline
This site contains an interactive timeline of hydraulic fracturing, including developments in Michigan & Pennsylvania.
- Recent Michigan & Pennsylvania Fracking Laws and Bills
This database includes links to recent bills in both the Michigan & Pennsylvania legislatures on a range of issues related to hydraulic fracturing.
- Review of Policy Research: Conventional Politics for Unconventional Drilling? Lessons from Pennsylvania's Early Move into Fracking Policy Development
This article by Barry Rabe and Christopher Borick examines the development of fracking within the state of Pennsylvania.
Recent CLOSUP Events on Fracking:
- Dec. 3, 2012: Shale gas and fracking: Issues for state and local governance
See the presentations from the event:
See the event video
See news coverage
For more information on the CLOSUP Fracking Project, contact CLOSUP staff at 734-647-4091 or by email to email@example.com.
Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative Resources
|CLOSUP Fracking Project|
| Policy Points Videos
More on the Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative
- EEPI activities in the news, media, & blogs