Aproximación a la Geoética desde la investigación en comunicación socialla tecnología extractiva de fractura hidráulica como estudio del caso en España

  1. Emilia H. Lopera-Pareja 1
  2. Domingo Alfonso Martín-Sánchez 2
  3. Ana García-Laso 2
  1. 1 Unidad de Investigación en Cultura Científica, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT)
  2. 2 Unidad de Emprendimiento Social, Ética y Valores en la Ingeniería (UESEVI) de la E.T.S.I. de Minas y Energía de la UPM
Geotemas (Madrid)

ISSN: 1576-5172

Year of publication: 2016


Issue: 16

Pages: 347-350

Type: Article

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Under the umbrella of interethics theoretical framework and applying content analysis techniques, this paper explores the construction of the discourse in favour and against fracking as well as the underlying values depending on the involved social agents, such as there are shown through El País newspaper press coverage in 2013 and 2014. According to our findings the press discourse on fracking technology in Spain is based on cost (risk)-benefit analysis in order to communicate how natural resources from small local communities may be affected by the implementation of these energetic facilities mainly due to environmental, economic and health impacts. While in the optimistic press discourse this technology is claimed as a guarantee of “energy security”, from a pessimistic view it is framed as a source of “environmental problems” and even natural disasters such as possible micro-earthquakes.