Case Law Review Symposium: "The Law and Policy of Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing the Issues of the Natural Gas Boom"

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 9:00am - 4:45pm

GLEI Board member Joel Zipp (Law '75) will participate as a panel speaker at the Case Western Reserve Law Review’s annual symposium. 

"The Law and Policy of Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing the Issues of the Natural Gas Boom" will take place on Friday, November 16th.

Over the last decade, the extraction of natural gas from underground deposits has increased significantly through the use of a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” In addition to stirring up fierce debate over potentially adverse environmental consequences, fracking has created several legal questions that have been left unanswered and largely unaddressed. How should authority to regulate this practice be allocated between federal, state, and local governments? What potential causes of action, if any, may a private citizen pursue? What are the tax implications of the expanding practice? How should claims concerning the ownership rights to underground deposits be decided? Case Western Reserve Law Review’s annual symposium will address the most pressing and challenging legal issues associated with the expanding practice of hydraulic fracturing.

Thomas Merrill
Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law
Columbia University
Thomas W. Merrill is the Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia University. He teaches Property, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Eminent Domain, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Before his present appointment, he was the John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University and also has taught at Harvard, Yale, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia. Professor Merrill received a B.A., with honors in history, from Grinnell College; a B.A., with first-class honors in philosophy, politics, and economics, from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago. He was law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge David L. Bazelon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He also practiced with Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood. From 1987 to 1990, while on leave from Northwestern, Professor Merrill served as deputy solicitor general in the Department of Justice, where he represented the United States before the Supreme Court. A prolific and influential scholar, his publications have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Cornell Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review.