Not in My Back Yard!

Not in My Back Yard!

Date: February 8, 2012
Creator: Briggle, Adam
Description: This presentation is part of the faculty lecture series UNT Speaks Out on Gas Well Drilling Redux. This presentation discusses the 'not in my back yard' (NIMBY) attitude - opposition by residents to a proposal for new development that is close to their homes - and focus on whether is it principled or hypocritical to simultaneously oppose the development while benefiting economically from it.
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Denton Fracking Referendum Project

Denton Fracking Referendum Project

Date: 2014
Creator: University of North Texas. Libraries
Description: On November 4, 2014 Denton residents voted on a proposition calling for the prohibition of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", within the city limits of Denton, Texas. The hydraulic fracturing process involves the use of water, sand and/or chemical additives pumped under high pressure to fracture rock formations and improve the flow of natural gas, oil or other hydrocarbons. This referendum was passed by voters and was the first permanent ban on fracking in the State of Texas. This collection is an effort to document news and viewpoints related to the proposed fracking ban and includes a compilation of web pages crawled in late 2014.
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Hydraulic Fracturing and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Selected Issues

Hydraulic Fracturing and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Selected Issues

Date: April 25, 2012
Creator: Murrill, Brandon J.
Description: This report provides an overview of two situations in which agencies are arguing that they do not need to conduct a comprehensive environmental review of hydraulic fracturing under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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Impacts of Fracking on Local Ozone Pollution in DFW Area

Impacts of Fracking on Local Ozone Pollution in DFW Area

Date: 2014
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi & John, Kuruvilla
Description: Poster for the 2014 University of North Texas (UNT) Graduate Exhibition. This poster discusses the impacts of fracking on local ozone pollution in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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Impact of Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Ozone Pollution in Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Impact of Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Ozone Pollution in Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Date: June 10, 2014
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi & John, Kuruvilla
Description: Poster for the 2015 Global Emission Initiative (GEIA) Conference. This poster discusses the impact of natural gas hydraulic fracturing on ozone pollution in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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An Evaluation of the Correlation Between Shale Gas Development and Ozone Pollution within the Barnett Shale Region

An Evaluation of the Correlation Between Shale Gas Development and Ozone Pollution within the Barnett Shale Region

Date: September 4, 2014
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi & John, Kuruvilla
Description: Presentation for the 2014 Fracturing Impacts and Technologies Conference. This presentation discusses an evaluation of the correlation between shale gas development and ozone pollution within the Barnett Shale region.
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Evaluation of Three Major Emission Sources on DFW Ozone Level Using Photochemical Modeling

Evaluation of Three Major Emission Sources on DFW Ozone Level Using Photochemical Modeling

Date: March 7, 2015
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi & John, Kuruvilla
Description: Poster for the 2015 University of North Texas (UNT) Graduate Exhibition. This poster discusses the evaluation of three major emission sources on the Dallas-Fort Worth ozone levels using photochemical modeling.
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Ozone Impact of Shale Gas Activities in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Ozone Impact of Shale Gas Activities in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Date: 2015
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi & John, Kuruvilla
Description: Poster for the 2015 Graduate Student Symposium of the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. This poster discusses the ozone impact of shale gas activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
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Expertise Revisited: Reflecting on the Intersection of Science and Democracy in the Case of Fracking

Expertise Revisited: Reflecting on the Intersection of Science and Democracy in the Case of Fracking

Date: December 2015
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi
Description: This dissertation aims to explain the conditions under which expertise can undermine democratic decision making. I argue that the root of the conflict between expertise and democracy lies in what I call insufficiently “representative” expertise – that is forms of scientific research that are not relevant to the policy questions at hand and that fail to make visible their hidden values dimensions. I claim that the scholarly literature on the problem of expertise fails to recognize and address the issue correctly, because it does not open the black box of scientific methodologies. I maintain that only by making sense of the methodological choices of experts in the context of policy making can we determine the relevance of research and reveal the hidden socio-political values and consequences. Using the case of natural gas fracking, I demonstrate how expert contributions – even though epistemically sound – can muddle democratic policy processes. I present four case studies from controversies about fracking to show how to contextualize scientific methodologies in the pertinent political process. I argue that the common problem across all case studies is the failure of expertise to sufficiently represent stakeholders’ problems and concerns. In this context, “representation” has three criteria: (1) ...
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Ozone Pollution of Shale Gas Activities in North Texas

Ozone Pollution of Shale Gas Activities in North Texas

Date: May 2016
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi
Description: The effect of shale gas activities on ground-level ozone pollution in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is studied in detail here. Ozone is a highly reactive species with harmful effects on human and environment. Shale gas development, or fracking, involves activities such as hydraulic fracturing, drilling, fluid mixing, and trucks idling that are sources of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), two of the most important precursors of ozone. In this study two independent approaches have been applied in evaluating the influences on ozone concentrations. In the first approach, the influence of meteorology were removed from ozone time series through the application of Kolmogorov-Zurbenko low-pass filter, logarithmic transformation, and subsequent multi-linear regression. Ozone measurement data were acquired from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) monitoring stations for 14 years. The comparison between ozone trends in non-shale gas region and shale gas region shows increasing ozone trends at the monitoring stations in close proximity to the Barnett Shale activities. In the second approach, the CAMx photochemical model was used to assess the sensitivity of ozone to the NOX and VOC sources associated with shale oil and gas activities. Brute force method was applied on Barnett Shale and Haynesville Shale emission ...
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