Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication. The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE). June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Communicating Environmental Justice: A Case Study of Water and Fracking

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George, Barbara
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This research explores the ways by which water is framed as an important risk issue when considering the rise of HVHF (high volume hydraulic fracturing) as an energy source. HVHF industrial practices and attendant activities (such as pipelines) have considerable short and long term risk consequences on various locales.

A discourse lens can be used to understand how environmental justice language frames might be exist in tools stakeholders use in policy deliberation. I examine how stakeholders in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York navigate public comment tools in an attempt to understand environmental risk. By understanding various discourse frames within policy tools in different states, a more just system of risk identification as related to water might emerge (George 2019).