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We present results from surveys and semi-structured stakeholder interviews with public officials and informed participants/observers in four New York municipalities in the Southern Tier. This area is expected to have extensive fracking activity should the fracking moratorium be lifted. Two have passed municipal bans, and two others have passed motions in support of hydraulic fracturing. The research design uses New York as a test bed specifically because extensive fracking activity has not yet been implemented in the state. We examine the ways in which these smaller municipalities (all four are population < 10k) have grappled with lack of resources, policy uncertainty, and their effects on regulatory decision-making. We focus on evidence that challenges the importance of political beliefs and affiliation as key drivers of results. Instead, we demonstrate how economics and policy type can have significant influence on citizen coproduction.
- Bird et al NY frack coprod 10-14.pdf (470.1KB)