Consulting editor(s): Vivek Bakshi, Fraser Milner Casgrain

Publication date: Dec 2012

Format: Hardback

Length: 185 pages

Price: £135.00

ISBN: 9781905783809

Featuring a Foreword by The Honourable Christy Clark MLA, Premier of the Province of British Columbia

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It provides different slants on a wide range of subjects, and offers a glimpse of the complex commercial, environmental and legal implications of shale gas developments.

- Gay Wenban-Smith, International Energy Law Review

This is an interesting book, it provides a general introduction to shale gas and other unconventional resources.

- Laura Huomo, Roschier Attorneys Ltd, OGEL

Overall this is a significant addition to the emerging literature on shale gas and related law.

- Raphael J. Heffron, University of Stirling, Stirling Law School, Scotland Journal of World Energy Law and Business

"an important purchase for any law library"

- Taryn L. Rucinski, Environmental Law Librarian Pace University School of Law


With shale gas already heralded as a game changer in North American markets, what role will unconventional natural gas resources come to play in the global supply mix?  Answering this question  requires the examination of a unique set of challenges which the global petroleum industry finds itself facing today.  Complex environmental, social and technical issues must be navigated for the development of safe and sustainable hydraulic fracturing practices to unlock the full potential of this unconventional resource.  This guide examines the issues around hydraulic fracturing in a practical and user-friendly manner.

The practical handbook features contributions from leading authorities in the field, including John King of Clayton Utz , Jessica Davies and Rebecca Perkins of Allen & Overy and Michael Darowski of Hogan Lovells. Chapters cover key issues such as the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, including water use and disposal, natural gas pricing trends and operator issues, and coal seam gas and coal bed methane. Together, the contributions afford crucial insight into one of the youngest and fastest-moving areas of the natural gas industry.

This guide provides an essential reference tool for natural gas producers, lawyers in private practice and in-house, energy industry advisers and end users worldwide, providing a practical and timely overview of the shale gas industry.