In our Backyards: Fracking in the Suburbs

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center

Northern Colorado’s front range is home to extensive oil and gas extraction, which often takes place in strikingly close proximity to human communities. We will use artist David Brooks’ exhibition Case Study: Weld County, CO and commentary on hydraulic fracturing and urban development as a starting point for a science-based conversation about fracking. Issues to be addressed include the effects of development on people’s sense of attachment to their communities, ways of thinking about risks and benefits, and impacts on air, soil, and water quality.

CSU experts will describe relevant research results, offer their own perspectives on key issues, and address questions posed by the audience as they discuss the myriad scientific perspectives related to communities housed in fracking operations.

Stephanie Malin, Department of Sociology
Concentration: environmental and natural resources sociology and development
Thomas Borch, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Concentration: environmental soil chemistry
Jennifer E. Cross, Department of Sociology and Institute for the Built Environment
Concentration: community attachment, land use and conservation, and sustainability

Peter Backlund, Associate Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Location: Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

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