Date of Award



Edward Van Buren


Through conversations with the attorneys, the work I did in the office and research of my own, I have learned the ongoing story of fracking in the Marcellus Shale. For this report, I will be approaching the problem of hydrofracking from a few different disciplines. Since I will be covering the stories of the legal battles that have been occurring over the last few years, environmental law will be a large focus of my research. Secondly, because many of the cases involve issues with local and federal legislation, environmental politics will also be widely incorporated. The mechanics of fracking, its potential risks and hazards in the Marcellus Shale, New York’s legislation regarding fracking and Earthjustice’s developments in the battle to safeguard the Marcellus Shale’s future will all be examined.