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Shale Gas and the Future of Energy

Law and Policy for Sustainability Edited by John C. Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law School and James R. May, Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University, Delaware Law School and Chief Sustainability Officer, Widener University, US
The rapid growth of shale gas development has led to an intense and polarizing debate about its merit. At the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, countries around the world concluded that the transition to sustainability must be accelerated. This book asks and suggests answers to the question that has not yet been systematically analysed: what laws and policies are needed to ensure that shale gas development helps to accelerate the transition to sustainability?
Extent: 352 pp
Hardback Price: $145.00 Web: $130.50
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 614 5
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The rapid growth of shale gas development has led to an intense and polarizing debate about its merit. This book asks and suggests answers to the question that has not yet been systematically analysed: what laws and policies are needed to ensure that shale gas development helps to accelerate the transition to sustainability?

In this groundbreaking book, more than a dozen experts in policy and academia assess the role that sustainability plays in decisions concerning shale gas development in the US and elsewhere, offering legal and policy recommendations for developing shale gas in a manner that accelerates the transition to sustainability. Contributors assess good practices from Pennsylvania to around the planet, discussing how these lessons translate to other jurisdictions. Ultimately, the book concludes that major changes in law and policy are needed to develop shale gas sustainably.

Policymakers and educators alike will find this book to be a valuable resource, as it tackles the technical, social, economic and legal aspects associated with this sustainability issue. Other strengths are its clear language and middle-ground policy perspective that will make Shale Gas and the Future of Energy accessible to both students and the general public.
‘Dernbach and May have brought together a marvelous collection of essays that join two inseparable issues: shale gas and sustainability. Each of the 12 articles, written by important authors, together with an introduction and conclusion from Dernbach and May, offers insightful recommendations on how to explore shale gas around the globe in a sustainable way.’
– Marcelo Dantas, Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI), SC, Brazil

‘This collection of essays provides a good introduction to the policy and legal issues related to sustainable extraction of shale gas.’
– European Energy and Environmental Law Review
Contributors: D.A. Brown, T. Daya-Winterbottom, J. Glazewski, B.D. Goldstein, P. Ko, B. Kolb, K.T. Kristl, J.A. “Skip” Laitner, J. McElfish, J. Morgan, J.H. Quigley, P. Salkin, D.B. Spence, D. Stares, J. Ubinger, Jr., J. Williamson
Contents:

Introduction
James R. May and John C. Dernbach

1. Framing the Sustainability Questions
John C. Dernbach

PART I PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
2. Sustainable Drilling through Health Impact Assessment: Understanding and Planning for Public Health Impacts
Pam Ko and Patricia Salkin

3. Requiring Full Cost Accounting for Environmental and Social Impacts
John H. Quigley

PART II COMMUNITY
4. Sustainable Housing in Rural Communities Affected by Shale Gas Development
Jonathan Williamson and Bonita Kolb

5. Sustainability and Community Responses to Local Impacts
Diana Stares, James McElfish and Jack Ubinger, Jr.

PART III PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE
6. Public Participation and Sustainability: How Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Program Thwarts Sustainable Outcomes
Kenneth T. Kristl

7. Sustainability and Stakeholder Participation: Shale Gas Extraction in the United Kingdom
Jill Morgan

8. Relevance of Transparency to Sustainability and to Pennsylvania's Shale Gas Legislation
Bernard D. Goldstein

IV GOVERNANCE
9. Regulating Shale Gas Production for Sustainability: The Federalism Questions
David B. Spence

10. Sustainable Development and Proposed Shale Gas Extraction in South Africa: Prospects and Challenges
Jan Glazewski

11. Sustainable Management of Onshore Recovery of Unconventional Gas in New Zealand
Trevor Daya-Winterbottom

PART V ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
12. The Sustainability Imperative of the Surprisingly Big Energy Efficiency Resource
John A. “Skip” Laitner

13. Is Shale Gas Part of a Sustainable Solution to Climate Change? A Factual and Ethical Analysis
Donald A. Brown

PART VI LOOKING FORWARD
14. Making Shale Gas Production More Sustainable
John C. Dernbach and James R. May

Index