News and information useful to Cleveland State College of Law students, faculty and staff.

This Just In: When Fracking Comes to Town

When Fracking Comes to Town: Governance, Planning, and Economic Impacts of the US Shale Boom edited by Sabina E. Deitrick and Ilia Murtazashvili traces the response of local communities to the shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom of the last few decades.   Communities have adapted their local rules and regulations to meet the novel challenges fracking poses to the environment. The book has essays from multidisciplinary perspectives from planners, legal scholars, political scientists, and economists.

One of the essays by a legal scholar is from C|M|LAW’s own Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson and is titled Local Jurisdictions and Variations in State Law in the Marcellus Shale Region.  The book is available in the law library’s new arrivals section for checkout and is currently displayed in the faculty publications display case.  Ask a library staff member for assistance if you wish to check the book out.

Professor Robertson Publishes Article on Natural Gas Pipeline Routing

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson has published Cities Seethe: A Case Study of Local Efforts to Influence Natural Gas Pipeline Routing Decisions, in the West Virginia Law Review.  The article considers the efforts of local jurisdictions to influence the routing of a natural gas pipeline through Ohio.  In particular, it evaluates the largely unsuccessful efforts of the City of Green, Ohio, to work with other jurisdictions and the judicial and administrative processes to move the Nexus/Spectra Energy pipeline away from Green to a less densely populated area.  The article is available at 122 W. Va. L. Rev. 881 (2020), or here:

Prof. Robertson Interviewed by Public Radio Regarding OH and PA Regulation of Oil and Gas Industry

H_ROBERTSON.jpgProfessor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson was interviewed by public radio reporter and host Kara Holsopple for The Allegheny Front regarding some differences in the ways Ohio and Pennsylvania regulate the oil and gas industry and, in particular, the hydraulic fracturing technology. The interview, titled  “How Ohio Compares to Pennsylvania for Oversignt of Gas Industry” is available here:

This interview and an earlier interview with report Julie Grant were also used as background for another story in the same series.  The earlier story, “Some Ohio Citizens Who Complained about Oil and Gas Feel ‘Abandoned’ by the State,” aired on public radio in Pittsburgh and will be broadcast more broadly in the region.  It is one of a five-part series entitled “Who’s listening?” examining claims made by Ohio residents, and how state regulators have responded.  You may listen here:

Professor Eric T. Freyfogle – Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Scholar

FreyfogleOn Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 5pm-6pm, Professor Eric T. Freyfogle will present the Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Scholar lecture “The Next 250 Years.”  America’s long embrace of individual liberty and equality has reached the venerable age of 250, if we date its beginning to the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765.  As beacon and rallying cry, our beloved rights-based frame has brought vast gains, culturally and politically, but is it suitable and potent enough to confront the dark forces of our era, to halt the worsening ills of economic injustice, environmental loss, and sagging democracy?  Professor Freyfogle will address this issue and discuss whether the time has come for a major shift in our nation’s moral and legal trajectory, down a new long path that honors interdependence and the goods we share.  The lecture will take place in the C|M|Law Moot Court Room (1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH).  It is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free CLE.  Pre-registration is not required.

C|M|Law students may also attend a luncheon with Professor Freyfogle on Wednesday, March 25th, 11:45am-12:45pm in LB60.  For more information, contact Amy Miller, Director of Student Life.

Professor Freyfogle is a Swanlund Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he has long taught course on natural resources law, property law and theory, environmental law and policy, wildlife law, conservation thought, and land use planning.  For additional information on Professor Freyfogle, and a selection of resources complementing the 3/25/15 Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Scholar lecture, see “The Next 250 Years” guide.

TODAY: Getting the Incentives Right in Environmentalism talk at 4pm

federalist societyToday at 4pm in room 206 of the law school The Federalist Society will be hosting a talk titled “Getting the Incentives Right in Environmentalism” by James Huffman, Dean Emeritus, Lewis & Clark Law School. Food and drinks will be provided.