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UCLan invites public to shale gas lecture

24 March 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

American expert visits Preston to share knowledge of industry’s community impact  

People are invited to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for a public lecture on the community impact of the shale gas industry hosted by an expert from the USA.

There is much discussion about the environmental impact of potential shale gas development in the North West of England but the socio-economic effects are less understood.

Professor Kathryn Brasier from Pennsylvania State University has been actively engaged in her university’s outreach work on the Marcellus shale gas area which lies beneath much of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. During her visit to Preston Kathryn will share her experience and research into the more mature shale gas industry in the United States to provide a comparable case study as to what social impact the economic changes caused by the industry may have here in the North West.

"Research findings highlight the ways in which rural communities that are the sites of extraction activity can and are being affected by the rapid development of this natural resource."

Professor Brasier commented: “Research findings highlight the ways in which rural communities that are the sites of extraction activity can and are being affected by the rapid development of this natural resource. I have looked at the ways in which these impacts are differentially experienced and perceived by individuals, households, and regions, depending on the stage of development, their proximity to metropolitan areas, their landownership patterns, and their histories of natural resource extraction.

“During the talk I will also highlight recent research that discusses individual and collective responses to development, and the pathways for engagement and voice in democratic decision-making related to shale gas development.”

Director of the UCLan Centre for Energy and Power Management Professor Joe Howe said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Kathryn to Preston to share her expertise on this very divisive issue and are looking forward to a healthy and open debate. Anyone with an interest in community engagement and social cohesion in general may also be interested in attending.”

The public lecture at  UCLan’s Foster Building Lecturer Theatre Four on the Preston campus will take place on Thursday 27 March 5.00pm – 7.00pm. The event is free but visitors do need to book onto the event via Eventbright.

For more information about the event please email engageuclan@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 892596.