This article focuses on the action localities have taken toward mitigating some of the adverse impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. The Article will explore impacts at the local level and will show the governance gap that has resulted from federal and state regulations that leave many local impacts unmitigated. Zoning laws and other practices that local governments are adopting are also discussed, explaining why state preemption over the traditional role of local governments in regulating this particular heavy industrial activity is not the ideal situation.
Jessica A. Bacher & John R. Nolon, Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing: A Role for Local Zoning?, Zoning & Plan. L. Rep., Sept./Oct. 2014, at 1, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/957/.