The Law of Energy Underground: Understanding New Developments in Subsurface Production…

Hardcover | April 27, 2014

EditorDonald N. Zillman, Aileen McHarg, Adrian Bradbrook

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While energy has been extracted from the ground for two centuries, recent years have seen transformative changes to how easy it is to access underground energy resources. This book investigates the key challenges and legal consequences of recent developments in the use of the subsurface as asource of energy. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the new technologies that have made this possible, such as the extraction of unconventional oil and gas resources through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Further developments include the expanded use ofgeothermal energy, which has the potential to beome a major renewable energy source. The subsurface can also be utilised for long-term disposal or storage of environmentally harmful by-products of energy use, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and othernuclear waste. Successful development of these technologies could enhance the use of fossil and nuclear energy by reducing the harm caused by the release of greenhouse gases and harmful radiation. The authors bring together a wide variety of expertise and knowledge to examine the legal implications of the development and control of these underground activities. They provide an invaluable understanding of the legal frameworks applicable to the extraction of underground energy, both at theinternational level and in a number of important national jurisdictions. Importantly, the book analyses the different regulatory responses to these developments across five continents, and assesses in detail the environmental impact of new energy extraction technologies.

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While energy has been extracted from the ground for two centuries, recent years have seen transformative changes to how easy it is to access underground energy resources. This book investigates the key challenges and legal consequences of recent developments in the use of the subsurface as asource of energy. It provides a comprehensive...

Donald Zillman has been a tenured faculty member at Arizona State University from 1974-79, the University of Utah from 1979-90, and the University of Maine School of Law from 1991 to the present, where he holds the Edward Godfrey Professorship at the Maine law school. His teaching and scholarship have concentrated on energy, environme...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Donald Zillman, Aileen McHarg, Adrian Bradbrook, Lila Berrera-Hernandez: IntroductionSection One: Property Rights in Underground Resources1. Barry Barton: The Common Law of Subsurface Activities2. Jose Juan Gonzalez: The Civil Law Treatment of Subsurface Resources3. Terence Daintith: The Development of United States Common Law Concerning Underground Resources4. Hanri Mostert and Meyer van den Berg: The Roman-Dutch Perspective on Subsurface IssuesSection Two: The International Law Treatment of Subsurface Resources5. Catherine Redgwell and Lavanya Rajamani: International Legal Regimes for Subsurface ActivitiesSection Three: Governing Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction6. Al Lucas and Theresa Watson: Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing in a Mature Energy Jurisdiction7. Lee Roy Paddock and Jessica Wentz: United States Treatment of Fracking8. Lila Barrera-Hernandez: Development of Argentine Unconventional Reserves9. Kazuhiro Nakatani: Japan's Undersea Resources and Its New Mining Act10. Abdou Bekhechi: The New Algerian Legislation on Shale Gas and other Hydrocarbons11. Milton Montoya: Shale Gas Regulation in ColombiaSection Four: Addressing Environmental and Sustainability Issues Underground12. Aileen McHarg and Mark Poustie: British Encouragement and Regulation of Carbon Capture and Storage13. Mingyuan Wang: The Law and Policy for Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies in China14. Endre Stavang, Gideon Parchomovsky, and Lital Helman: Dynamic Regulation and Technological Competition: A New Legal Approach to Carbon Capture and Storage15. Anita Ronne and Adrian Bradbrook: Comparative Analysis of Contemporary Geothermal Development16. Donald Zillman: Siting Nuclear Waste Disposal17. Sergey Seliverstov: Electricity Substation Undergrounding in RussiaSection Five: Resolving Underground Resource Conflicts around the World18. Martha Roggenkamp: Energy Underground: New Developments in the Netherlands19. Gunther Kuehne: German Legal Responses to New Subsurface Technologies20. Michael Crommelin: Australian Responses to New Underground Technologies21. Nigel Bankes: Management of Subsurface Conflicts in Canada22. Inigo del Guayo and Jose Alenza: Spain's Approach to New Underground Technologies23. Yinka Omorogbe: Practices in Sub-Saharan Africa