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Breaking (Not So) Bad: A Look at the World's Energy Prospects As of July 2014

Alastair R. Lucas, Donald N. Zillman, Proceedings of 60th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (2014)

Oil and gas extraction using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“Tracking”), the mitigation of climate change, the promotion of renewable energy technologies, and the future of nuclear power are hot topics for lawyers and other professionals, the media, and informed citizens around the world. They arouse the same passions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America as they do in the United States and Canada.
These are the issues tackled by the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) (including the authors) to the International Bar Association's Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL). During 2012-2014, we joined 35 academic and practicing lawyers from 22 countries to carry out a series of research projects and write The Law of Energy Underground (Energy Underground),1 published by Oxford University Press. This chapter uses the AAG studies along with updated research to look at the legal responses to these energy underground issues by jurisdictions in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe.
Fans of popular television will doubtlessly recognize the allusion in the title to another underground activity with high economic potential and considerable controversy surrounding it. The activities we discuss here have the same growth potential but with far more potential benefits for society.
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