Hydraulic fracturing produces not only gas and oil, but also concerns about surface and groundwater contamination. To address such concerns, Penn State geoscientist Susan Brantley and colleagues brought citizens and scientists together to develop a water quality database. The process of creating the database built valuable connections and a sense of community among the public and private parties involved. This article will inspire planners, policy makers, industry representatives and others who seek to build trust and collaboration in controversial circumstances.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why fracking contributes to water quality concerns;
- How a water quality database is helping ground concerns in reality; and
- How the process of creating the database has contributed to building trust among the public and industry, government and academic players.
About the Authors
Susan L. Brantley is a distinguished professor with the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Pennsylvania State University.