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The Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities

SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines

April 10-11, 2014
Binghamton University

The advent of new hydraulic fracturing (aka hydrofracking or just fracking) technologies for natural gas development has required many communities across the United States to wrestle with challenging scientific, managerial, and political issues as they try to manage the local impacts the industry generates. Whether or not the State of New York lifts its current moratorium on drilling, these issues command public attention and demand policy outcomes that enhance the well-being of the residents who are most directly affected. The goal of the CID is to provide a forum for clarifying what we currently know about the impacts of the industry on local communities, and to develop interdisciplinary research agendas that address the most pressing questions that remain. An outcome of the conference will be an edited volume and/or on-line materials that will disseminate the participants’ essential findings to a wider audience.

Presentations will be 15-20 minutes each. In addition to presentations, conference organizers will provide additional scholars with opportunities to share their research and projects in a poster session. The purposes of this conference are:

  1. Identify what is known about the community impacts of hydraulic fracturing including the economic, environment, health, and social conditions of the communities in which it occurs.
  2. Identify strategies that communities have used to respond to hydraulic fracturing including ways to increase the economic benefits while minimizing any negative costs to the environment, health of community members, or social conditions.
  3. Identify gaps in knowledge regarding community impacts of hydraulic fracturing and establish interdisciplinary research collaborations to address these gaps.
  4. Identify gaps in knowledge regarding strategies that communities have used to respond to hydraulic fracturing and establish interdisciplinary research collaborations to address these gaps.
  5. Publish the best papers from the Conversation in an edited volume.

The Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) grant program is designed to bring together State University of New York (SUNY) faculty and visiting scholars from non-SUNY institutions to examine new trends, address changes and challenges, review promising research findings, and become acquainted with professional developments in their fields and on other campuses.

 

Last Updated: 2/19/14