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Where are we now? Socio-ecological risks and community responses to natural gas develpment in Colorado




Boone, Karie, speaker

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The potential of multiple, unknown, or contested risks from oil and gas development in Colorado have led to increases in community activism. Daily news stories report on citizens organizing for moratoriums, bans, and ballot initiatives across Colorado's Front Range, protesting in the streets of Boulder, and city councils passing strict rules and prohibiting residential drilling in Longmont. Citizen groups in southern and western counties such as Delta, Huerfano, and Garfield have sued oil and gas companies, participated in public lands Resource Management Plans, and influenced state regulations since the late 1980's. This seminar will present peer-reviewed research on socio-ecological risks and give an overview of community responses related to oil and gas development in Colorado.


Presented at the Fall 2013 Center for Collaborative Conservation ( Seminar and Discussion Series, "Community, Energy Development and the Environment", October 8, 2013, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. This series focused on the work that the CCC's Collaborative Conservation Fellows have been doing across the Western U.S. and around the world.
Karie is a PhD student studying water governance and natural gas development in the Mountain West. She was part of the 3rd cohort of CCC fellows and is a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow. She works with the Colorado Water Institute as part of a NSF funded state-wide research team: Routes to Sustainability for Natural Gas Development and Water and Air Resources in the Rocky Mountain Region. Before getting her Master's in Environmental Sociology from Colorado State University she worked in international development in Latin America with a focus on participatory research methodologies and community-based models for intercultural education.
Presented with Dr. Melinda Laituri.
Recorded speech and PowerPoint presentation.

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hydraulic fracturing technologies
natural gas development
socio-psychological health


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