Community Connect Program

EPL On The Edge Speaker Series


EPL On The Edge Emerging Scholars

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What the frack is going on in New Zealand? Oil and gas activists react!

How do the changes in your surrounding landscape affect your sense of belonging? What if these changes are caused by invasive extractive practices such as hydraulic fracturing or fracking? My research documents these changes and the experiences lived by communities in Taranaki, New Zealand. Here fracking operations have become part of the landscape since 1989, where international and national petrochemical companies have carried 100 fracking activities in more than 39 different wells. By focusing on both sides of the story, I aim to shed light on how the presence of oil and gas industry has shaped people's sense of place and belonging, to understand what the future of energy in the region will become. In this talk, I present and discuss some of the activist responses toward the industry and their contribution to spreading awareness about an often polarizing practice like fracking.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Program Room, Strathcona Library

About the Presenter:

Anna Bettini is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. Originally from Italy, her research focuses on the socio-cultural impacts of extractive practices, in particular fracking, in Taranaki, New Zealand. She records stories and perspectives about and from the industry to understand how people's sense of place and their connection with the landscape has been shaped in the last 40 years or so and what the future of energy is going to be for the region and the country as well. With a background education in Primate Behavior and Ecology, Anna has studied abroad since I was 16 years old, living in the US, UK, New Zealand, and (now) Canada.

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