Hydrofracking Working Group
HEFN hosts a Working Group on Hydrofracking for funders and donors concerned about the public health, ecological, and community impacts of natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing. Funders participate in this Working Group to connect with like-minded funders, share information, discuss strategies, explore collaborative interests, maintain connections with the field, and do outreach.
Working Group leaders include Lauren Davis, The 11th Hour Project; Philip Johnson, The Heinz Endowments; Cecily Kihn, Agua Fund; and Amy Panek, Park Foundation.
In February 2013, HEFN published two new reports on hydrofracking. Fracking Survey 2012: Report on NGO and Philanthropic Efforts to Address Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing summarizes results and findings from a 2012 HEFN survey of NGO's and philanthropic foundations addressing public health, environmental, and community impacts of hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. Drilling Deeper: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Grantmaking Strategies 2-Pager is a two-page summary of HEFN's Drilling Deeper: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Grantmaking Strategies, which was pubished in September 2012. This report aims to provide grantmakers with a basic understanding of hydrofracking, the concerns surrounding it, and some of the funding strategies grantmakers are considering and implementing.
In April 2012 HEFN co-hosted a funder briefing on hydrofracking with the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders. Click here to view the agenda from that meeting.
Among new resources on related health concerns is a Summary Report - Human Health Risks and Exposure Pathways of Proposed Horizontal Hydrofracking in New York State. Also, see the hydrofracking resources listed below.
If you are interested in joining this working group, please contact HEFN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In this National Park Conservation Association (NPCA) report on the impacts of natural gas fracking on America's national parks, NPCA analyzed current and proposed fracking around seven parks and found that impacts are already occurring and are likely to grow worse unless the federal government takes action. The report includes current and potential impacts to parks as well as recommended actions to protect them.
- Europe's Climate Principles Framework Initiative, which includes some of the world's largest banks, has released new guidelines on fracking for energy companies. The guidelines build upon IEHN's Extracting the Facts disclosure guidelines. IEHN's Richard Liroff greenbiz.com blog summarizes the guidelines and provides a link to the guidelines on the IEHN website.
- Still not sure what the big deal is about fracking? HEFN Program Manager Ramtin Arablouei has 7 reasons why your foundation should be paying attention to this controversial method for extracting natural gas.
- In this blog post, Jon Cracknell summarizes key findings on NGO and philanthropic activity surrounding fracking from HEFN's Fracking Survey 2012.
- New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM) Reporter Article - Unconventional Gas Extraction Part 1 - Threats to the Environment (Hydrofracking)
- This NECOEM article describes the process of unconventional gas extraction and discusses the potential for environmental contamination of air and water.
- Drilling Deeper: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Grantmaking Strategies 2-pager (Hydrofracking)
- This is a two-page summary of HEFN's Drilling Deeper: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Grantmaking Strategies Report that was published in September 2012.
- Sub-head: Shareholder Resolutions Call for Quantifiable Progress on Environmental Risks, Fugitive Methane Emissions and Other Community Impacts. 2/5/13 press release from Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN), Green Century Capital Management and Ceres. Complementary press releases from New York Comptrollers Office and As You Sow on Exxon/Mobil filing, and from NYS Comptroller's Office on NYS withdrawal of resolution at Cabot Oil & Gas.
- In this blog post, Lauren Davis, Program Associate for the 11th Hour Project, explains how the 11th Hour Project evolved to see its work on fracking through a human rights lens.
- Summary Report - Human Health Risks and Exposure Pathways of Proposed Horizontal Hydrofracking in New York State
- This report, prepared by Grassroots Environmental Education from a collaboration of public health experts and organizations in New York, summarizes 20 important concerns of hydraulic fracturing.
- Drilling Deeper: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Grantmaking Strategies (Hydrofracking)
- This funder briefing paper, published by HEFN, discusses the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the strategies grantmakers are considering or implementing.
- This Greenbiz.com blog post discusses a prescription for the energy industry to lower fracking’s chemical impact and address community concerns with more meaningful public disclosure.
- This blog entry discusses how the ‘voices’ in the moderate center that have been drowned out in the increasingly inflammatory debate over the hydraulic fracturing of shale natural gas are getting a growing cadre of credible allies. And with them may come a sensible way to prudently capitalize on the enormous deposits of shale gas throughout parts of the U.S. and the world.
- This report is a detailed assessment and synthesis of existing research on fracking as well as the results of interviews with representatives from state and federal agencies, industry, academia, environmental groups, and community-based organizations from across the U.S. Interviewees identified a broad set of social, economic, and environmental concerns, foremost among which are impacts of hydraulic fracturing on the availability and quality of water resources.
- This press release from Investor Environmental Health Network, Boston Common Asset Management, and Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility signals that the IEHN/ICCR "Extracting the Facts" guidelines for corporate reporting of shale gas/oil risks and risk management have now secured support from investors on three continents (Australia, Europe, and North America) having $1 trillion in assets under management.
- This report outlines the economic upside of the increasing shale oil and gas development throughout the country, including increased employment, capital expenditures, and tax revenues to the states and local communities. But the report warns that fracturing companies may provide inflated estimates of the economic benefits of energy development while not mentioning the negative local impacts that some regions are experiencing.
- Public Health Dimensions of Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing: Knowledge, Obstacles, Tactics, and Opportunities (Hydrofracking)
- This public health report on hydraulic fracturing was prepared by Seth Berrin Shonkoff for The 11th Hour Project. This document can serve as an overview and launching point for funders and others who are interested in issues related to public health and fracking.
- This website provides links to information from a variety of sources, including academic research, industry analysis, local government officials and citizens.
- The EPA's website provides general information regarding hydraulic fracturing, government oversight and EPA outreach efforts.
- This website provides a common place to learn about and share information about shale gas drilling. The DataTool allows for the uploading, downloading, and mapping of geo-located data related to gas extraction activities. The site includes links to academic resources, maps and news articles.
- The StateImpact Series website includes reporter Susan Phillips' coverage of the fiscal and environmental impacts of Pennsylvania’s booming energy economy, with a focus on Marcellus Shale drilling. The website also includes links to articles from other news sources around the country.
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