Current Master of Arts in Environmental Policy (MAEP) student F.I.M. Muktadir Boksh will be traveling to Binghamton University in New York this Friday to present at a transdisciplinary conference on The Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing (or “fracking”) for Creating Sustainable Communities.
The goal of the Conference is to provide a forum for clarifying what is currently known about the impacts of the hydraulic fracturing industry on local communities, and to develop interdisciplinary research agendas that address the most pressing questions that remain. The intent is not to promote or discourage hydraulic fracturing, but rather, to understand the impacts, both positive and negative, and provide communities with the knowledge and tools that they need to decide what is in their own best interest.
Muktadir’s presentation will be on the economic and environmental policy implications of hydraulic fracturing in Western Newfoundland. “Fracking” has become a subject of much debate in this part of the province, as a number of areas have been explored for potential development using this technology (see this Western Newfoundland Petroleum Rights map for a general overview of potential development sites). The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced in November 2013 that it was effectively deferring all hydraulic fracturing applications to allow more time for consultation, to review regulations, rules and guidelines in other jurisdictions, and to conduct further technical analyses on this issue. Muktadir’s research in this area is aimed at broadening the knowledge base to help inform further debate and decision-making processes on this critical environmental issue.
For more information about the conference, as well as Binghamton University’s ongoing Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence series, check out the Conference website.