The recent controversy about hydraulic fracturing has attracted the attention of environmental interest groups. These groups have raised perceived associated risks as a way to influence public support and government policy. This research examines how national environmental organizations mobilize public opposition to hydraulic fracturing. The theories of framing and risks provide the foundation for this study, as framing issues and risks can have significant implications for public perceptions. These frameworks provide theoretical explanations about how people organize around different ways of framing an issue, and also support the idea that interest groups can influence the public to be mobilized around an issue.
- Clare Ginger