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Frontiers of Fracking: Underground Political Ecology and Unconventional Energy in the Contested Landscapes of North West England
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Gas obtained from previously unexploited shale rock strata has emerged as an economically viable way of sourcing additional fossil fuel energy resources after the so-called ‘shale gas revolution’ in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the incumbent government has committed to the development of its own shale gas resources. A highly polarised public debate has erupted on the risks and rewards of extracting the shale gas deposits that presently lie underneath large swathes of the country using the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’. This thesis examines how different groups in North West England – the major frontier of fracking in the UK – are contesting, resisting and negotiating the current government’s decision to sanction and push ahead towards the development a domestic shale gas industry. Employing a theoretical framework drawn from political ecology as its core mode of examination, this thesis utilises qualitative methods including in-depth interviews and participant observation techniques. It documents a range of social groupings that are contesting shale gas in the UK in a number of ways, and argues that landscapes and risk are fundamental hinges in this ongoing environmental conflict.

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2015. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
shale gas, fracking, unconventional energy, political ecology, environmental conflict, landscapes, risk
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Physical Geography Social and Economic Geography Climate Research Globalization Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132306OAI: diva2:951145
Available from: 2016-09-19 Created: 2016-08-06 Last updated: 2016-09-19Bibliographically approved

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