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Blowout: A Community’s Engagement with Fracking

Matthew Fry

Matthew Fry is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Texas, and an undergraduate advisor in that department. As a geographer, Fry analyzes resource and energy governance, socioeconomic and environmental impacts of resource production and consumption, and land-use change in Texas and Latin America. His research can be found in peer-reviewed journals like Envrionmental Science & Technology, Energy Policy, Envrionment and Planning A, Ecological Economics, Geoforum, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers.  He was a board member of Frack Free Denton. 

Fry received his PhD in the field of geography from the University of Texas in 2008. A year later, he accepted a postdoctorate position at Washington University in St. Louis. By 2010, Fry began teaching fall semester geography courses at the University of North Texas. He was already aware of drilling near neighborhoods, but did not develop any concerns until living in Denton and working with undergraduates researching fracking for a project. His work in the Frack Free Denton movement, mostly relegated to research and education, would be the first local enterprise for him outside of Latin America.

Dr. Fry may be considered an expert on environmental issues, such as fracking and mineral property rights. He provides context for the fracking ban, and explains his reasoning for supporting it. His work includes multiple essays about the effects of fracking on the community and the legalism surround it.   

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