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Posted by: Lynn Pointer on Apr 16, 2014

The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced that William McDonald "Mac" Plosser, a third-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is the winner of the 2014 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. This writing competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section in memory of Jon Hastings, one of the founding members of the section. Plosser's paper "Into The Fracking Fray: Advocating For A Balanced Approach To Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation In Tennessee" addresses the recent expansion of hydrofracturing to extract natural gas nationwide and how that issue has been addressed in Tennessee. In response to conflicts between local and state control in other states, Plosser proposes a balanced role that preserves both local zoning power and state regulatory authority.

The annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. The full article can be found at: www.tba.org/sites/default/files/Into the Fracking Fray1_0.pdf.