Matthew Barnes Quoted in WSJ on Research on Local Politics and Policy of Fracking
"Some experts warn that if cities get local control, fracking might be shifted into poor, rural areas. Matthew Barnes, who wrote his Princeton University doctoral dissertation on municipal responses to fracking in New York state, found that the higher the socioeconomic status of the community, the more likely the community was to prohibit fracking. The state has a moratorium on fracking while it awaits a study of the technique.
'The environmental and health effects are heavily localized around the drilling site, so it makes sense that we might want to put this to a vote of the communities that might be affected,' said Mr. Barnes, who will join the faculty of West Virginia University this fall."