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The Law of Energy Underground: Understanding New Developments in Subsurface Production, Transmission, and Storage

Donald N. Zillman, Aileen McHarg, Adrian Bradbrook, and Lila Barrera-Hernandez


While energy has been extracted from the ground for two centuries, recent years have seen transformative changes to how easy it is to access underground energy resources. This book investigates the key challenges and legal consequences of recent developments in the use of the subsurface as a source of energy. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the new technologies that have made this possible, such as the extraction of unconventional oil and gas resources through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Further developments include the expanded use of geotherm ... More

Keywords: energy resources, underground, subsurface, unconventional oil resources, unconventional gas resources, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, fracking, renewable energy, CCS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703181
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald N. Zillman, editor
Edward Godfrey Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law

Aileen McHarg, editor
Professor of Law, Strathclyde University

Adrian Bradbrook, editor
Bonython Professor of Law, University of Adelaide

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1 Introduction

Donald N. Zillman, Aileen McHarg, Lila K. Barrera-Hernández, and Adrian Bradbrook

Part I Property Rights In Underground Resources

Part II The International law Treatment of Subsurface resources

Part III Governing Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction

Part IV Addressing Environmental and Sustainability Issues Underground

PART V Resolving Underground Resource Conflicts Around the World

25 Conclusion

Donald N. Zillman, Aileen McHarg, Lila K. Barrera-Hernández, and Adrian Bradbrook

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