States and Localities Fight Over Fracking Control

Should cities and towns control drilling for natural gas (through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”) as they do zoning in most states?  Or is statewide control preferable?  This recent N.Y. Times article highlights the dispute as it is playing out in Pennsylvania, where the legislature is considering legislation to assert statewide control over the practice.  For more on fracking legislation at the state level, check out this link (from July 2011) from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Paul Diller is an associate professor at Willamette Law whose research focuses on local government, policy innovation, the police power, and related issues of state and federal constitutional law. His scholarly work has appeared in, among other journals, the Stanford Law Review, The University of Chicago Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. In recent years, Diller has worked on local obesity prevention policy with a leading nonprofit public health organization. Diller graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Pennsylvania, both magna cum laude. In his spare time, he enjoys baseball, snowboarding, drinking coffee, and spending time with his family.

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