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Three Essays on Governance of Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Well Plugging

Bang, Insik (2023) Three Essays on Governance of Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Well Plugging. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This three-essay dissertation focused on the identification of knowledge commons and its utilities in the Pennsylvania’s oil and gas well plugging with the Governing Knowledge Commons framework. I argue that public decisionmakers can utilize information retrieved from the knowledge commons and improve policy outcomes efficiently and equitably. Voluntary actions among private and non-private actors with sufficient incentives to accumulate and share information were identified. One of the knowledge commons is the Zillow transaction and assessment dataset, which can be used to estimate the population exposed to unplugged oil and gas wells. I found no evidence of environmental injustice in the Pennsylvania’s well plugging program with the Zillow transaction and assessment dataset. Also, I revised the well plugging program that improve efficiency and equity simultaneously under the limited budget. This dissertation may have implications for public decisionmakers that governing knowledge as a commons can help to find and resolve public problems efficiently.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bang, Insikinsik0209@pitt.eduINB140000-0003-4039-8917
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMurtazashvili,
Committee MemberWeber,
Committee MemberHollibaugh,
Committee MemberMadison,
Date: 7 June 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 9 January 2023
Approval Date: 7 June 2023
Submission Date: 11 January 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 88
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Governance; Environmental Pollution; Institutions; Community; Knowledge Commons; Policy Evaluation; Policy formation.
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2023 12:48
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2023 12:48


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