Full Title: Attaining Sustainable Development of Oil and Gas in North America: A Review of the Environmental Regulatory Landscape
Author(s): Alan J. Krupnick, Raymond J. Kopp
Publisher(s): Resources for the Future
Publication Date: 6/2014


North America has long been a significant player in global energy markets, more so recently given the revolutionary use of hydraulic fracturing technology to unlock oil and gas resources. With dramatic growth in oil and gas production in the United States (US) and Canada—combined with energy sector reforms in Mexico—many now consider the region to be a potential energy powerhouse.

This review focuses on national and subnational environmental regulations that are important for governing the sustainable development of oil and gas. It provides a snapshot of the policies and regulations in each country related to oil and gas extraction, oil and gas transport and oil refining, and certain issues that impact demand.