Tyndall Manchester Seminar by Dr Matthew Cotton: Can Fracking be fair?
|Starts:||13:00 26 Oct 2017|
|Ends:||14:00 26 Oct 2017|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students|
Can fracking be fair?
Dr. Matthew Cotton, University of York
The development of unconventional fossil fuels using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques raises issues of environmental and public health risks to water management, climate change, traffic congestions, air, noise and light pollution, and seismic activity. It also has the potential to create technological stigmatisation, identity disruption and social decline in the communities it affects. Such impacts are unevenly distributed between host communities, land-owners, and fracking developers; alongside uneven decision-making powers and unequal economic benefits. This seminar discusses the distributive and procedural justice dimensions of fracking in the United Kingdom, drawing upon empirical and normative philosophical work on fracking justice. I examine the discourses of fracking threat and opportunity, recent developments relating to regulatory systems and institutional arrangements, changes to the powers of local authorities and the adequacy of industry-led community compensation and consultation processes with recommendations for future policy directions.
Matthew Cotton is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the Environment Department at the University of York. His research examines issues of ethics and environmental/energy justice in relation to major infrastructure projects, with a focus on shale gas development, nuclear power and radioactive waste management and electricity transmission systems.
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