My latest paper — Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work — is now published. Co-authored with Miron Avidan (McGill University) and Dror Etzion (McGill University), this research examines the emergence of FracFocus, self‐regulatory initiative with strong industry ties, charged with disclosing data pertaining to the chemicals used in oil and gas wells completed using hydraulic fracturing technology (fracking) in the United States and Canada. It is part of a larger program of research that has looked at numerous aspects of unconventional shale development and hydraulic fracturing.
The article was published in Regulation & Governance as part of a special issue “Exploring the Formal and Informal Roles of Regulatory Intermediaries in Transnational Multi-Stakeholder Regulation,” edited by Luc Brès, Sébastien Mena, and Marie‐Laure Salles‐Djelic.
Avidan, M., Etzion, D. & Gehman, J. Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work. Regulation and Governance. In press. doi:10.1111/rego.12217.
Today I learned I was awarded a grant of $9,800 from the Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN), part of the Smart Prosperity Institute at the University of Ottawa. The funding will support development of the Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Open Data Project as described below
Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Open Data Project — The widespread adoption of hydraulic fracturing has ushered in a “shale revolution,” but also has raised concerns about its potential environmental, health and safety effects. In light of these developments, the goal of this project is to compile and distribute a comprehensive database of hydraulic fracturing chemicals injected at more than 150,000 wells in Canada and the United States from 2011-2018. All wells will be identified using their well identifiers, allowing this database to be easily linked to numerous other datasets which also reference these same identifiers. Data will be gathered from public sources, such as the FracFocus.org website, and government agencies, such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, Alberta Energy Regulator, and the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Imaging Canada’s Future Initiative
Today, at the Imagining Canada’s Future Forum, we presented a summary of our research project: From availability to accessibility: effectively using information disclosure to govern energy production. The invitation-only event was held at the University of Calgary and featured presentations from 21 researchers funded in November 2015 through Knowledge Synthesis Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as part of its Imaging Canada’s Future initiative.