Opozitia societatii civile fata de fracturarea hidraulica. Cazul Pungesti – intre evaluarile expertilor, pluralitatea de viziuni cetatenesti si proceduralism epistemic


  • Silviu-George Colonescu National University of Political Studies and Public Administration


In this study I will discuss the disobedience wave echoed in the civil society debates provoked by the researching and shale gas exploitation activities connected to hydraulic fracking in Pungesti, Romania. I will trace the collective decision making methods following the debates from the deliberative public
arena. My aim is to analyse this event using the epistemic proceduralism approach proposed by David Estlund as a middle ground theoretical model which blends pure democratic proceduralism, on the one hand, with epistemic considerations, on the other hand. The methodology will consist in extracting a theoretical model, operationalizing the concepts, and proposing an explanation for the debates and protests from Pungesti, namely a sign of collective opposition against shale gas exploitation. In addition, through the proposed model, I will try to present the civic engagement of experts and NGOs as civic, judicial and informational support and as a solidarity token towards the Pungesti locals.