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Community Policy for Hydraulic Fracturing of Natural Gas
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Bird
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences

This research project reviews a variety of policy options for community cohesion in the development of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. We focus on a variety of concerns that have potential to create divisive politics in communities involved in natural gas development (or those that are considering it). This includes approaches to contracts, local economic development, transparency, community decision processes and options, compulsory integration, neighbor rights and vetoes, and the potential for community-based and/or community owned energy development. We analyze key areas of concern for energy siting generally, and for fracking specifically. Without taking a position on the broader question of whether to frack or not, we instead advocate for fracking policies that provide options, benefits, and protections for the benefit of communities rather than individualized landowners in the development of natural gas extraction.