Sarmistha R. Majumdar. The politics of fracking: regulatory policy and local community responses to environmental concerns
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The next installment in Routledge’s Research in Public Administration and Public Policy Series, The Politics of Fracking by Sarmistha Majumdar, situates and explores national, state, and local hydraulic fracturing (hereafter, fracking) regulations. Fracking is a controversial form of petroleum extraction that requires large quantities of water, sand, and chemicals to pry open dense shale rock and extract hydrocarbons. Through her book, she seeks to uncover whether “fracking regulations adequately address the environmental concerns of people located in close proximity to fracking sites” (3). The investigation centers on Texas—currently the world’s largest producer of unconventional hydrocarbons—is also attentive to how other states and the national government oversee petroleum production.
Beginning with a basic description of fracking, its economic importance (Chapters 1 and 2), and its potential environmental ramifications (Chapters 3 and 5), Majumdar then uncovers the litany of...
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