New Book. ‘Governing Shale Gas Development: Citizen Participation and Decision Making in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe’.

‘Fracking’ for shale gas is provoking great social controversy and protest around the world.  Public concerns range from local environmental impacts to the global effects of continued fossil fuel use. The development of the industry also has implications for local democracy and the ability of communities to have their say.

A timely new book, edited by a team including two ICSC members – John Whitton and Ioan Charnley-Parry, explores these hot issues.

‘Governing Shale Gas Development, Citizen Participation and Decision Making in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe’. (2018). Eds: John Whitton, Matthew Cotton, Ioan M. Charnley-Parry and Kathy Brasier. Routledge. Routledge Studies in Energy Policy.

From the publishers website:

Shale energy development is an issue of global importance. The number of reserves globally, and their potential economic return, have increased dramatically in the past decade. Questions abound, however, about the appropriate governance systems to manage the risks of unconventional oil and gas development and the ability for citizens to engage and participate in decisions regarding these systems. Stakeholder participation is essential for the social and political legitimacy of energy extraction and production, what the industry calls a ‘social license’ to operate.

This book attempts to bring together critical themes inherent in the energy governance literature and illustrate them through cases in multiple countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, South Africa, Germany and Poland. These themes include how multiple actors and institutions – industry, governments and regulatory bodies at all scales, communities, opposition movements, and individual landowners – have roles in developing, contesting, monitoring, and enforcing practices and regulations within unconventional oil and gas development. Overall, the book proposes a systemic, participatory, community-led approach required to achieve a form of legitimacy that allows communities to derive social priorities by a process of community visioning.

This book will be of great relevance to scholars and policy-makers with an interest in shale gas development, and energy policy and governance”.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction: Governing Shale Gas. John Whitton, Matthew Cotton, Kathy Brasier, Ioan Charnley-Parry

Chapter 2 – Regulating Unconventional Shale Gas Development in the United States: Diverging Priorities, Overlapping Jurisdictions, and Asymmetrical Data Access. Beth Kinne

Chapter 3 – A complex adaptive system or just a tangled mess? Property rights and shale gas governance in Australia and the US. Jeffrey B. Jacquet, Katherine Witt, William Rifkin, Julia H. Haggerty

Chapter 4 – Governing Unconventional Legacies from the Coalbed Methane Boom in Wyoming. Kathryn Bills Walsh, Julia H. Haggerty

Chapter 5 – Governing Shale Gas in Germany. Annette Elisabeth Töller, Michael Böcher

Chapter 6 – Experimental regulatory approaches for unconventional gas: the case of urban drilling and local government authority in Texas. Matthew Fry, Christian Brannstrom

Chapter 7 – The Role of Multi-State River Basin Commissions in Shale Gas Governance Systems: A Comparative analysis of the Susquehanna and Delaware River Basin Commissions in the Marcellus Shale Region. Grace Wildermuth, John Dzwonczyk, Kathy Brasier

Chapter 8 – Unlikely allies against fracking networks of resistance against shale gas development in Poland. Aleksandra Lis, Agata Stasik

Chapter 9 – Community representations of unconventional gas development in Australia, Canada, and the United States, and their effect on social licence. Darrick Evensen, Hanabeth Luke

Chapter 10 – Evidence-based and participatory processes is support of shale gas policy development in South Africa. Schreiner, G.O., De Jager, M.J., Snyman-Van der Walt, L., Dludla, A., Lochner, P.A., Wright, J. G., Scholes, R.J., Atkinson, D., Hardcastle, P., Kotze, H., Esterhuyse, S.

Chapter 11 – Campus Organizing towards the Democratization of Shale Oil and Gas Governance in Higher Education. Sarah T. Romano, Wendy Highby

Chapter 12 – Devolved Governance & Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs: An Example from the Bakken. Kristin K. Smith, Julia H. Haggerty

Chapter 13 – Fracking Communities, Fractured Communication: Information transfer and transparency of the energy industry. Peggy Petrzelka, Colter Ellis, Douglas Jackson Smith, Gene Theodori

Chapter 14 – Shale Gas Governance in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe: Public Participation and the role of Social Justice. John Whitton, Ioan Charnley-Parry

Chapter 15 – Shale gas development in England: a tale of two mineral planning authorities. Imogen Rattle, Tudor Baker, James Van Alstine

Chapter 16 – Community understanding of risk from fracking in the UK and Poland: How democracy- and justice-based concerns amplify risk perceptions. Anna Szolucha

Chapter 17 – Seeking common ground in contested energy technology landscapes: Insights from a Q Methodology study. Matthew Dairon, John R. Parkins and Kate Sherren

Chapter 18 – Scientized and sanitized: Shale gas in the context of New Brunswick’s political history. Kelly Bronson and Tom Beckley

Book Cover: Governing Shale Gas
Development. From publishers website.


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