Monday, January 25, 2016

Pace / Yale Land Use Collaborative launches beta version of online fracking governance tool for local governments

From John Nolon:

The Land Use Collaborative is a joint project of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Pace University Law School’s Land Use Law Center. With much help from a group of experts and stakeholders over the last two years, the Collaborative has held a series of workshops, developed a set of case studies on local fracking governance, and built an online resource to help empower local governments to take on the daunting task of managing hydraulic fracturing within their jurisdictions. 

As this project nears completion, the Collaborative is interested in receiving feedback on the beta version of the online resource that it has created, which you can access here. (If the link does not work, you can access the database at

This database is built around a list of the uniquely local impacts of hydraulic fracturing and related activities. Importantly, the Collaborative recognizes that while this list is robust, it is not comprehensive. The goal here is to provide a list of all the impacts about which decision makers are likely to hear from citizens. Attached to each impact the Collaborative has provided the following additional resources: a brief explanation of how oil and gas exploration, drilling, and appurtenant operations may lead to each impact; literature providing further details on each impact; and examples of local measures that other governments have used to address the specific impact.

This database is designed to help local governments identify issues of concern, begin research into the details of those impacts, and find models for local action. 

If you are interested in providing this project with feedback, please use this online survey:  You can access that survey here. (If the link does not work, you can access the survey at

The Collaborative expects to release final materials on this project in the spring.

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