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Oil and gas development is testing and defining the boundaries of local government authority and autonomy as concerned municipal entities and citizens seek to limit oil and gas operations. Advances in high-volume hydraulic fracturing have increased domestic oil and gas production to historic levels.) At the same time, national and international concerns about irreversible man-made global warming have focused on fossil fuel combustion. National groups opposed to continued reliance on oil and gas as an energy source have found willing partners in many local governments and their citizens, who are anxious about the local implications of drilling and fracking. Many citizens and environmental organizations coalesce around local environmental risks such as the potential degradation of ground and surface waters and air quality, seismic activity, and social and economic costs on the local area-including increased truck traffic, road damage, noise, housing shortages, and boom and bust cycles. Particularly in urban or suburban areas, voters may also perceive drilling and fracking as a threat to property values, aesthetics, and lifestyles.

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Louisiana Law Review



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Gas well drilling -- Law & legislation, Land use, Landowners, Drilling Oil and Gas Wells, Conventional oil and gas extraction, Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction, Hydraulic fracturing -- Law & legislation, Oil well drilling



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