Social licence to operate and the coal seam gas industry: what can be learnt from already established mining operations?

Paragreen, Nigel and Woodley, Alan (2013) Social licence to operate and the coal seam gas industry: what can be learnt from already established mining operations?. Rural Society, 23 1: 46-59. doi:10.5172/rsj.2013.23.1.46

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Author Paragreen, Nigel
Woodley, Alan
Title Social licence to operate and the coal seam gas industry: what can be learnt from already established mining operations?
Journal name Rural Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-1656
Publication date 2013-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/rsj.2013.23.1.46
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 46
End page 59
Total pages 14
Place of publication Maleny, QLD, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The recent growth of the coal seam gas industry has increased pressure on regional communities. Debate surrounding the industry is intense and a social licence to operate has yet to be granted to the industry in its entirety. This article presents an analysis of social issues surrounding the coal seam gas industry, making comparisons between two case studies, the Ranger and Jabiluka mines and the Yandicoogina mine. It presents the results of a desktop study, focused on three topics: community identity, procedural justice and distributive justice, which provides a means for comparison and draws attention to central concerns. It is found power imbalances, changing community identities, potentially inequitable distributions of long term benefits and the process to distribute those benefits and negative perceptions of the industry, as a whole, serve to undermine the provision of a social licence to operate by communities and have the potential to impose significant negative impacts on companies within the industry.
Keyword Coal seam gas (CSG)
Procedural justice
Distributive justice
Community identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 25 Nov 2013, 13:43:27 EST by Alan Woodley on behalf of Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry