Associate Professors Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible were invited to present their research at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s lunch-time brown bag series for their staff. They presented “Understanding the Politics of Oil and Gas Development in Colorado”on Sept. 9, 2015.
Tanya and Chris presented the results of a 2015 survey, which was sent to 453 individuals in Colorado who are involved with or knowledgeable about politics and policy issues related to oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing. The survey focused on perceptions of the risks and benefits of oil and gas development, preferred levels of government for regulating different issues, perceived contentiousness of the issue, interactions and networks among individuals, and outcomes.
The results include indicators of whether people believe that protection of the environment and public health, the safety of hydraulic fracturing, relations between state and local government, trust in the COGCC, government decision-making processes, and the intensity of the political debate have improved or worsened in recent years.
A summary report of the survey is available on the SPA website.
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation’s AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network.