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Title: Shaping Unconventional Gas Regulation: Industry Influence and Risks of Agency Capture in Texas, Colorado and Queensland
Contributor(s): Holley, Cameron (author); Mutongwizo, Tariro  (author)orcid ; Shearing, Clifford (author); Kennedy, Amanda  (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Open Access: Yes
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Related DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3467892
Abstract: Unconventional gas has quickly become a significant energy resource and a site of contestation over the nature and outcome its regulatory processes. Central to this contest are issues of power and capture and the implications for achieving sustainable energy regulation. The influence of dominant industry players can be a serious obstacle for transitions beyond established energy regimes, and can negatively affect the sustainability of energy policy and implementation. Drawing on interviews across three case studies in Texas, Colorado and Queensland, this article examines perceptions of unconventional gas regulators and regulations. It finds a general view from interviewees that economic interests within the unconventional gas industry have influenced regulation, and that this influence is a significant explanation for the failures of regulation and policy to address a number of environmental and societal concerns. Variations are identified between the cases in terms of the extent of possible industry influence, but all three cases reveal common points of vulnerability, including economic arrangements, suboptimal organisational structures, expertise imbalances, limited agency funding and “revolving doors” of staff. The findings suggest that fully addressing these challenges through law alone will be difficult, and instead highlights three governance pathways that could be pursued beyond state law to achieve more effective and sustainable unconventional gas governance.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP170100281
Source of Publication: Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 36(5), p. 510-530
Publisher: Lawbook Co
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0813-300X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 440299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
480204 Mining, energy and natural resources law
440609 Rural and regional geography
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 170599 Environmentally sustainable energy activities not elsewhere classified
230299 Government and politics not elsewhere classified
170699 Mining and extraction of energy resources not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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