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Water Security in a New World

Regulating Water Security in Unconventional Oil and Gas

Editors: Buono, R.M., López-Gunn, E., McKay, J., Staddon, C. (Eds.)

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  • Offers global coverage, representing developments in all world regions either actually producing shale gas or seriously considering it as of 2017
  • Focuses not on engineering or broad environmental impacts, but on impacts on the water environment and regulatory aspects thereof
  • Largely produced by authors local to the national and regional case studies being explored
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This book addresses the need for deeper understanding of regulatory and policy regimes around the world in relation to the use of water for the production of ‘unconventional’ hydrocarbons, including shale gas, coal bed methane and tight oil, through hydraulic fracturing. Legal, policy, political and regulatory issues surrounding the use of water for hydraulic fracturing are present at every stage of operations. Operators and regulators must understand the legal, political and hydrological contexts of their surroundings, procure water for use in the fracturing and extraction processes, gain community cooperation or confront social resistance around water, collect flow back and produced water, and dispose of these wastewaters safely. By analysing and comparing different approaches to these issues from around the globe, this volume gleans insights into how policy, best practices and regulation may be developed to advance the interests of all stakeholders. While it is not always possible to easily transfer ‘good practice’ from one place to another, there is value in examining and understanding the components of different legal and regulatory regimes, as these may assist in the development of better regulatory law and policy for the rapidly growing unconventional energy sector.

The book takes an interdisciplinary approach and includes chapters looking at water-energy nexus security in general, along with issue-focused and geographically-focused case studies written by scholars from around the world.

Chapter topics, organized in conjunction with the stage of the shale gas production process upon which they touch, include the implications of hydraulic fracturing for agriculture, municipalities, and other stakeholders competing for water supplies; public opinion regarding use of water for hydraulic fracturing; potential conflicts between hydraulic fracturing and water as a human right; prevention of induced seismic activity, and the disposal or recycling of produced water.   Several chapters also discuss implications of unconventional energy production for indigenous communities, particularly as regards sustainable water management.

This volume will be of interest to scholars and students of energy and water, regulators and policymakers and operators interested in ensuring that they align with emergent best global practice.


About the authors

Regina M. Buono is a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies (CES) at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a doctoral student in public policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at CES. Prior to that, she was an associate with McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP, in Austin, Texas, focusing her practice in the areas of water, administrative, and endangered species law. Buono has also worked in various roles with the Texas Legislature and as a consultant to oil and gas companies, designing a habitat credit exchange to achieve compliance with the U.S. Endangered Species Act. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations, political science, and Spanish from the University of Arkansas, a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, and an M.Sc. in water science and governance from King’s College London.

 Elena López Gunn is Founder and Manager of ICATALIST, an associate researcher in the water group at the University of Leeds, UK, and an associate professor at IE Business School. She has more than 15 years’ experience in projects and publications on a wide range of subjects, mainly related to innovation, water governance, agriculture, adaptation to climate change, hydrological planning, partnership models, public policies, sociological analysis on environmental issues and knowledge management. López Gunn has led the elaboration, management, and coordination of various applied research projects in the Horizon 2020 and LIFE programs of the European Commission. She holds degrees in economics and social studies from the University of Wales, a Masters in environment and development from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in geography from the University of London.

Jennifer McKay, Professor of Business Law,  University  of South Australia, has researched, taught, and consulted on water resource management and law issues throughout Australia and in India and the United States. She is a part-time Commissioner of the SA Environment, Resources and Development Court. In 2008, she worked on the United Nations Expo in Zaragoza 2008 and held a Senior Fulbright fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She has 160 publications looking at laws and the implementation of ESD in water management, mining, and other natural resources issues. She holds a B.A. (with honors) from the University of Melbourne, LLB from the University of Adelaide, Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, and a diploma in Human Rights Law from American University in Washington DC.

Chad Staddon is Professor of Resource Economics and Policy in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England, Bristol in the UK.  Originally from Vancouver, Canada he has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries around the world on issues related to resource economics and management, particularly in the forestry and water sectors.  In the 20 years since achieving his PhD he has published more than 75 articles and book chapters, given more than 100 conference presentations and guest lectures, reviewed funding applications for most of the major funding organisations and regularly advises governments around the world on water policy issues.  His current research interests include the water-energy nexus, the behavioural economics and domestic water consumption and decentralised water systems for underserved communities in the Global South.  He is the Director for the International Water Security Network, a global network of centre of excellent in different dimensions of water security research and capacity building.

 


Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Regulating Water Security in Unconventional Oil and Gas: An Introduction

    Pages 3-20

    Buono, Regina M. (et al.)

  • Water-Energy Nexus: The Role of Hydraulic Fracturing

    Pages 21-38

    Mroue, Ahmed M. (et al.)

  • The Human Right to Water and Unconventional Energy

    Pages 39-67

    Palmer, Robert (et al.)

  • Global Conflicts Surrounding Hydraulic Fracturing and Water

    Pages 69-85

    Bradbury, James D. (et al.)

  • Frac Water Acquisition in the Major U.S. Unconventional Oil and Gas Plays

    Pages 89-111

    Collins, Gabriel (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18342-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18341-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Regulating Water Security in Unconventional Oil and Gas
Editors
  • Regina M. Buono
  • Elena López-Gunn
  • Jennifer McKay
  • Chad Staddon
Series Title
Water Security in a New World
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18342-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18342-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18341-7
Series ISSN
2367-4008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 418
Number of Illustrations
48 b/w illustrations
Topics