Fracking: the Future of American Energy

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 20174:00PM - 5:30PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
M5S 3K7
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CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series


The technological innovation of hydraulic fracturing drilling, commonly known as ‘fracking’, has revolutionized global energy markets overnight, but it quickly became a victim of its own success as global oil prices plunged in late 2014. This industry went from boom to bust in only a few short years. Despite this, it is still the future of American energy and soon to spread throughout the entire world. This presentation serves as an introduction to fracking, answering the following questions: What is it? How it did it come about? Why is it so important? And what are the implications—economic, social, and environmental—for the local communities where it occurs?

Austin Zwick is a Ph.D. Candidate in Planning at the University of Toronto. He previously obtained a BSc in Industrial Relations and an MPA in Public Finance from Cornell University. Austin’s research interests focus on the intersection between energy and economic development, quantifying job growth generated by upstream and downstream business linkages. His dissertation research concentrates on how the natural resource boom of fracking has affected patterns of urban decline and revitalization in the American Rust Belt. His research uses quantitative methods, statistics, and measures of public finance. Zwick also works with Evergreen CityWorks in measuring the fiscal health of Ontario’s cities over time.


Stella Kyriakakis


Austin Zwick
Ph.D. Candidate in Planning, University of Toronto

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Centre for the Study of the United States


CSUS Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto


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