Beverlee Silva will present, "Natural Gas Extraction by the Horizontal, Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques: Fracking our Way to America's Energy Future," at this seminar sponsored by DRI. Shale formations around the U.S. contain an estimated 100 years’ worth of natural gas reserves. Technological advances are making it economically feasible to tap these reserves. As production increases, however, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a technology involving the injection of fluid underground to fracture shale deposits and release gas, has generated great public controversy. This session provides an overview of fracking, how it is regulated and the litigation it is generating.
Recent environmental regulation and enforcement, changing science, and catastrophic events constantly on the news cycle have presented significant challenges to the manufacturers and users of potentially hazardous materials and chemicals. Whether it has been governmental regulators taking positions not supported by sound science, or aggressive counsel pushing theories not backed by any science (sometimes with outside funding of the litigation), the complex nature of defending and managing toxic tort matters has continued to escalate. DRI’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar provides forum where in-house counsel, defense counsel and consultants will discuss recent developments, trends and significant regulatory changes in this area of law.
February 9-12, 2012
Fontainebleau Miami Beach / Miami, FL