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Oral History Interview with Amber Briggle, Nomveber 4, 2019

Description: Audio interview with Amber Briggle, a community member who was active with the Frack Free Denton movement. She discusses her participation in local commissions and governmental groups, environmental activism, and how her activities are informed by her family relationships.
Date: 2019
Creator: Becker, Annette & Briggle, Amber
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Not in My Back Yard!

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.
Date: February 8, 2012
Creator: Briggle, Adam
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Oral History Interview with Matthew Fry, November 15, 2019

Description: Audio interview with Dr. Matthew Fry, a UNT professor, expert on environmental issues, and active member of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group (DAG). He discusses context for the Denton fracking ban and talks about the various articles that he's written about environmentalism and effects of fracking.
Date: November 15, 2019
Creator: Binkiewicz, Kyle
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Improving the Safety & Environmental Performance of Hydraulic Fracturing

Description: This website describes the activities of the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board in determining the potential role of natural gas in clean energy. It includes information about their goals; reports, hearings, and external resources; public comments; and related documentation.
Date: 2011-11~
Creator: United States. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Natural Gas Subcommittee.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

“Just Tell Me the Truth”: Understanding Health Risks and Community Perspectives in Karnes County, Texas, an Oil and Gas Community

Description: Using ethnographic research methods, I collaborated with the organization Earthworks to conduct a community assessment on the health issues related to the air quality in Karnes County, Texas, an oil and gas community. The research consisted of in-depth interviews with residents on their experiences and knowledge on the health issues associated to air quality. This research is going to be used to inform the community and develop strategies to empower community members in improving their environmental conditions.
Date: May 2016
Creator: Villa, Priscilla
Partner: UNT Libraries

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Water Purification Applications: Municipal and Industrial Case Studies

Description: In several areas around the world, clean water is a precious asset that at anytime, and mainly due to circumstances of weather and climate, can become scarce. Mainly in the dry and remote places, people suffer with lack of water. A solution for this suffering can be a water desalination system, which makes water potable and usable for industry. That solution inherently, brings the problem of power requirement, which is sometimes arduous to accomplish in such remote areas of difficult access and long distances to overcome to build the infrastructure required to operate an electric power plant. Texas and the USA also face this scenario for many regions, for which the government has been creating some programs and driving forward incentives, looking for solutions to support water desalination. Water desalination has future applications for municipalities water-consuming or for arid and remote regions, as well as for industries that rely on heavy water usage, such as natural gas drilling operations, for which millions of gallons are trucked overland to the site and also hauled away afterwards, when the waste water produced must be treated. This thesis created the concept of autonomy for water desalination plants replacing the actual power supply from fossil fuel to a renewable source from wind or sun, giving capacity to them to produce its own electricity to operate as an autonomous unit, as demonstrated in the business case done for the Brownsville water desalination facility.
Date: May 2014
Creator: Mira, Sebastião Bittencourt de
Partner: UNT Libraries

Oral History Interview with Rhonda Love, November 22, 2019

Description: Audio interview with Rhonda Love, a psychology professor, city council member, and environmental activist from Denton, Texas. Love discusses her involvement with the Denton Drilling Advisory Group and the Frack Free Denton campaign, as well as her thoughts on applied democracy, her teaching career, and recent developments on the Denton City Council.
Date: November 22, 2019
Creator: Kuplack, Ian & Love, Rhonda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: September 4, 2014
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi & John, Kuruvilla
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Denton Fracking Referendum Project

Description: Collection of harvested webpages that relate to the a November 4, 2014 proposition calling for the prohibition of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", within the city limits of Denton, Texas. This referendum was passed by voters and was the first permanent ban on fracking in the state of Texas. These webpages document news and viewpoints related to the fracking ban from late 2014.
Date: 2014
Creator: University of North Texas. Libraries.
Partner: UNT Libraries Digital Projects Unit

Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Regulatory Issues

Description: This report reviews past and proposed treatment of hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the principal federal statute for regulating the underground injection of fluids to protect groundwater sources of drinking water. It reviews current SDWA provisions for regulating underground injection activities, and discusses some possible implications of the enactment of legislation authorizing EPA to regulate hydraulic fracturing (beyond diesel) under this statute.
Date: January 10, 2013
Creator: Tiemann, Mary & Vann, Adam
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

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) the operational research questions on which the qualified experts work are relevant to stakeholders’ problems and concerns; (2) the non-epistemic values and consequences of epistemic choices of experts are compatible with social and political values and priorities; and (3) hidden values attached to facts are fully transparent and openly debated. In the conclusion, I propose a normative version of this representation theory that can be used to evaluate the appropriateness of expertise for democratic policy making. Instead of the value-free science ideal, I propose a new ideal to legitimately allow non-epistemic values in scientific reasoning without compromising the soundness of …
Date: December 2015
Creator: Ahmadi, Mahdi
Partner: UNT Libraries

Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Issues

Description: This report reviews past and proposed treatment of hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Water Drinking Ace, the principal federal statute for regulating the underground injection of fluids to protect groundwater sources of drinking water. It reviews current provisions for regulating underground injection activities, and discusses some possible implications of, and issues associated with, enactment of legislation authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate hydraulic fracturing under this statute.
Date: April 10, 2012
Creator: Tiemann, Mary & Vann, Adam
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Elida Tomez, 2015

Description: Audio interview with Elida Tomez, an activist and long-time resident of Denton, Texas, regarding the City of Denton Fracking Referendum. Ms. Tomez recounts her involvement in the anti-fracking movement and her beliefs concerning the effects fracking has had on Denton and the environment as a whole.
Date: 2015
Creator: Perry, Lewis & Tomez, Elida
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Emily White, 2015

Description: Audio interview with Emily White, a professor of writing, regarding the City of Denton Fracking Referendum. Professor White briefly defines fracking, explains hydraulic fracturing's effects on the environment, and recites her "Ten Reasons to Ban Fracking".
Date: 2015
Creator: White, Emily
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Amy, 2015

Description: Transcript of an interview with Amy (last name is unknown), an English major at Texas Women's University (TWU), regarding the City of Denton Fracking Referendum. The interview appears to take place at a rally designed to inform listeners about the effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Date: 2015
Creator: Davis, W. & Amy
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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