Conflict assessment in energy infrastructure siting: prospects for consensus building in the Northern Pass transmission line project

Kier, Laura S. and Ali, Saleem H. (2014) Conflict assessment in energy infrastructure siting: prospects for consensus building in the Northern Pass transmission line project. Negotiation Journal, 30 2: 169-189. doi:10.1111/nejo.12054


Author Kier, Laura S.
Ali, Saleem H.
Title Conflict assessment in energy infrastructure siting: prospects for consensus building in the Northern Pass transmission line project
Journal name Negotiation Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0748-4526
1571-9979
Publication date 2014-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/nejo.12054
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 169
End page 189
Total pages 21
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
As energy demand grows rapidly worldwide, power line infrastructure will continue to be a major development planning challenge. This study considers the environmental conflict that has arisen over a transnational transmission line project between Canada and the United States. A qualitative conflict assessment is presented to define the parameters for consensus that could prevent protracted litigation between stakeholders. Proactively designing a process to encourage consensus building during the early development phase remains the most critical determinant of compromise. In this article, we argue that in this case a consensus-building effort could be feasible if certain design requirements were met, including gaining the participation of key stakeholders, paying attention to trust, and focusing on the issues specific to this transmission line rather than to a larger energy discussion. The research shows that despite potential pitfalls, reaching more widely accepted and ecologically sensitive solutions to environmental conflicts through participatory and collaborative approaches is possible and worth the effort.
Keyword Conflict resolution
Conflict assessment
Consensus building
Energy infrastructure
Participatory planning
Public policy disputes
Planning disputes
Land use conflict
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Mon, 14 Apr 2014, 14:59:21 EST by Saleem Ali on behalf of Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining