State of the Rockies Project

We encourage students to further their interests in the social and political challenges of living in the Rocky Mountain West. Students embark on inter-disciplinary investigations around the region to discover the possibilities for balancing human activity without spoiling the natural environment.


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2023 Project

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Understanding Policy Debates on the Future of Hydraulic Fracturing and Abandoned Wells in the Rocky Mountain West

Led by Kat Miller-Stevens, State of the Rockies Faculty Director

Building off of last year's research, the second year of this project expands on our investigation of Colorado's fracking policies and practices of fracking and their socioeconomic and environmental impacts. Although fossil fuel production and consumption have allowed for unparalleled economic development, they are also the leading causes of global climate change. We will investigate the political environment that affects policy changes and legislative processes pertaining to fracking to further our understanding of fracking's political, social, environmental, and economic impacts on our communities.

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