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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?

Chapter 4: Sustainable housing in rural communities affected by shale gas development

Jonathan Williamson and Bonita Kolb

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

Abstract

Since the first slickwater hydraulically fractured gas well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 2004, the development of the Marcellus Shale formation for natural gas has sparked a wide range of debates over its effects on Pennsylvania’s economy and environment. Slower to develop were discussions related to the effects, positive and negative, gas development was having on communities across the Commonwealth. This chapter considers one such community impact of gas development: its impact on housing and how communities might respond to the housing impacts created by natural gas within a sustainable framework. The effects of increased housing demand are broad-based, but the negative impacts are felt heaviest by those living at the economic margins. Never having extensive housing options, these groups are faced with limited choice in most affected communities.

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