Robertson Comments on Local Attempts to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Shale Report Blogs

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson

C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, who holds a joint appointment at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, posted Support for Fracking Seems to be Fueled by Gas, on November 15,2013, in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Energy Report.  In this blog post, Robertson notes that ballot initiatives seeking to ban the use of the hydraulic fracturing technology were up for a vote in several jurisdictions, most visibly in Ohio and Colorado.  She commented that although the attempts to ban the technology met with varying degrees of success, the attempts seemed primarily to succeed in jurisdictions where the technology was not really at issue — that is, no drilling permits had been requested.  In contract, in areas that were already active in the exploration or drilling process, the bans mostly failed.

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