Fracking Patents: The Emergence of Patents as Information Containment Tools in Shale Drilling

  title={Fracking Patents: The Emergence of Patents as Information Containment Tools in Shale Drilling},
  author={Daniel R. Cahoy and Joel Gehman and Zhen Lei},
  journal={Entrepreneurship \& Law eJournal},
The advantages of new sources of energy must often be weighed against environmental, health and safety concerns related to new production technology. The rapid development of unconventional oil and gas fields, such as the Barnett and Marcellus Shales, are no exception. Information about extraction hazards is an extremely important issue. In general, patents are viewed as a positive force in this regard, providing a vehicle for disseminating information in exchange for a limited property right… 

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