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Posted on on May 28th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (


Join the Center for Science and Democracy for a live webcast of the Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking Forum on July 25, 2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT.

Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking.
A Lewis M. Branscomb Forum

The Union of Concerned Scientists is organizing a public forum webcasted live from┬áthe University of California, Los Angeles on July 25. This forum will convene leading thinkers and key stakeholders for a candid discussion on how the best available science can help communities make informed decisions on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) amidst the current expansion in drilling for shale oil and gas across the United States.

Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking

Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m. PDT/5:00-8:00 p.m. EDT
Location: UCLA

To Register for the Webcast

The line-up of speakers and a detailed program will be known soon. But as space is limited for this distinctive event,
UCS supporters have the opportunity for early event registration to join via webcast.

The rapid growth in fracking is driving many communities to make decisions on fracking without access to comprehensive and reliable scientific information of the potential impacts on their air and water quality, community health, and economic well-being. The forum will provide a unique opportunity to learn from experts, decision makers, and community leaders about the state of the science around fracking, the state and federal policy landscape, and what citizens and policy makers need to know to make informed decisions about whether, and under what conditions, to extract oil and gas using fracking.

The event is one of a series of Branscomb Forums organized by the Center for Science and Democracy to address constraints on the roles of science, evidence-based decision making, and constructive debate in American public discourse and public policy. Knowing that California is on the cutting edge of technologies and policies to reduce fossil fuel use and a frontline in the debate over fracking for oil, we are excited to host this event in partnership with the UCLA School of Law.

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