State-Local Conflict Over Fracking — April 1, 2015

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“Fracking operation” by Joshua Doubek

Professor David Spence

When: April 1, 2015, 12:45pm

Where: Boalt Hall, Room 145

Please join CLEE as we welcome Professor David Spence of the University
of Texas for a lunch-time talk on his forthcoming paper about the current conflicts between state and local actions to regulate fracking. Multiple counties across the country, including Mendocino and San Benito in California, have recently passed ballot initiatives to ban or restrict fracking. Such actions raise questions about state preemption of local ordinances and the viability of regulatory takings claims by mineral holders.

Professor Spence has studied many local ordinances on fracking and has been quoted in
coverage of the issue by the Wall Street Journal, the Houston Chronicle, and Bloomberg News. He is a professor of law, politics and regulation at UT Austin, where he teaches in both the McCombs School of Business and the School of Law.  Among his widespread publications is the leading energy law casebook Energy, Economics and the Environment (Foundation Press).