C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, a regular contributor to Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Shale Report, has posted Ohio, U.S. are not alone in seeing public divided over shale development. In this post, she briefly explores public reaction to potential shale oil and gas exploration and development in other parts of the world, noting that in some countries, individuals see no personal upside in shale exploration and development. In particular, where residents do not own the mineral rights to the developed resource, they obtain no personal benefit from its development. Instead, they suffer from the added noise, disruption and environmental damage and risk. There is more support for shale development, understandably, in areas where residents see a potential individual benefit derived from their ownership interest in the resource.
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