Why should we care about directional drilling? A lot of people care, both at the federal and state levels. Many politicans have weighed in on this issue of whether or not directional drilling should be permitted. Beyond state politics, an interesting legal debate has begun over whether the federal or state government has primary regulatory authority over this amphibious sort of drilling, which starts on the land but ends up under the Great Lakes.
Christine A. Klein, A Background History of Directional Drilling in Michigan, 2002 Mich. St. L. Rev. 173 (2002), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/4