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Community economic identity and colliding treadmills in oil and gas governance


  • Adam Mayer

    () (Colorado State University
    Colorado State University)


Abstract Over the last 15 years, the USA has experienced a dramatic increase in the volume of oil and gas produced domestically, primarily due to unconventional technologies like hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling. However, this boom has met with much controversy as it may threaten environmental quality and human health and bring unwanted changes to local communities. While some communities have resisted the expansion of development, others have fully embraced the industry. In addition, this boom has occurred during an era of de-regulation and devolution, leaving states and localities struggling to foment a policy response. In this manuscript, we blend place-based factors like “colliding treadmills,” place attachment, and community economic identity to explain support for oil and gas regulations among a sample of CO residents. Results and implications for future research are discussed.

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  • Adam Mayer, 2018. "Community economic identity and colliding treadmills in oil and gas governance," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Springer;Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 8(1), pages 1-12, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jenvss:v:8:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s13412-017-0435-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s13412-017-0435-8

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