Fracking is again in the headlines, as some allege that the gas removal process is linked to the significant uptick of earthquakes in Texas. This, along with the numerous fracking bans recently enacted in Texas and around the world, has caused proponents of what is formally referred to as hydraulic fracturing to look for ways to effectively counter the regulatory roadblocks.

In response to Texas Lawyer’s inquiries, Barclay Nicholson, a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston office who focuses on energy-related litigation and serves as editor of a blog devoted to legal questions about fracking, answered emailed questions about the possible role for international agreements in such strategies. Below are his answers, edited for length and style.

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