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Ernesto Villasenor

Social Justice Fellow, LA County Education Foundation (LACEF)

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Are the short-term gains of hydrofracking worth the short & long term burdens of environmental/social injustice, as stated by the industry?

The reason why I pose this question is because, as a social science researcher/student within the STS field, such technology has posed questions with regards to risk assessment and how the industry perceives the disparities created by unconventional gas extraction. In addition to this, I've personally traveled and have done extensive research with respect to unconventional gas extraction in the Tri-State region (West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania), where the environmental and public health burdens are abundant to say the least. Issues of public health, environmental degradation, disenfranchisement of rural communities- all come with an economic cost, both in the short-run and long-run. Although there are no industry-neutral publications and/or research conducted in this field (there is little research available that has been conducted without favoring the industry), it has been an issue in the US and elsewhere in the world where energy independence dominates the conversation with regards to the environment and public health.

What are your thoughts on hydraulic fracturing?

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    Apr 22 2013: IMO: What is my profit and WTF cares about US folks? This remains the down and dirty of dis-representative government for US folks.
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      Apr 22 2013: I couldn't have said it better. But, how can we help shift this governing body mindset to one that actually cares about their members of society? Up until when will we have to shift this mindset?

      If recent events tell us anything, using the Keystone Pipeline spill in Arkansas and BP, it seems like it's going to take much more than that to actually get massive change going on.

      Obama's energy policy is a fluke, exempting the industry from major environmental and public health regulations.

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