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What's the 'fracking? problem' One word can't say it all

Evensen, Darrick, Jacquet, Jeffrey B., Clarke, Christopher E. and Stedman, Richard C. 2014. What's the 'fracking? problem' One word can't say it all. The Extractive Industries and Society 1 (2) , pp. 130-136. 10.1016/j.exis.2014.06.004

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“Fracking” has received substantial attention in scientific, mass media, and public discourse. This word originally referred to the process of hydraulic fracturing, but recently it has taken on a wider range of meanings in many fora. It now denotes one or more of several processes and impacts related to gas/oil exploration, extraction, and development; confusion can arise when it is unclear which processes or impacts are included in a particular use of this term. “Fracking” also carries negative and lewd connotations that shape public representations of the processes and impacts associated with it. By causing confusion and evoking bias, the word “fracking” can constrain meaningful policy conversation about the underlying issues and concerns. We offer recommendations for how to discuss this controversial topic while at best avoiding, or at least supplementing, the term “fracking”.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2214-790X
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:49

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