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Regional Research Institute


Regional Research Institute


The most recent boom in fossil fuel extraction is noteworthy through its extensive use of advanced technologies called hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. The papers in this issue demonstrate the role that regional science can and should play in guiding policy, usefully complementing research from physical science and engineering disciplines that focuses on the important geological and environmental consequences of shale energy production. Furthermore, we underscore the need for expanding the traditional regional science focus in policy discussions pertaining to shale energy.

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Court CD, RW Jackson and N White. The Role of Regional Science in Shale Energy Development, The Review of Regional Studies. Volume 42, pages 99-105.



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