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Shale Gas and the Future of Energy

Shale Gas and the Future of Energy

Law and Policy for Sustainability

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Edited by John C. Dernbach and James R. May

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?


James R. May and John C. Dernbach

Subjects: environment, energy policy and regulation, environmental management, environmental politics and policy, law - academic, energy law, environmental law


This book addresses whether and to what extent shale gas development can occur in a sustainable fashion, that is, in a way ‘that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ It assesses the role that sustainability plays in decision-making respecting shale gas development in the U.S. and elsewhere, and offers recommendations for developing shale gas – to the extent it occurs – in a more sustainable way. More broadly, it addresses the role that shale gas can play in accelerating the transition to sustainability.