How farmers, graziers, miners, and gas-industry personnel see their potential for coexistence in rural Queensland

Everingham, Jo-Anne, Collins, Nina, Rifkin, Will, Rodriguez, Daniel, Baumgartl, Thomas, Cavaye, Jim and Vink, Sue (2014) How farmers, graziers, miners, and gas-industry personnel see their potential for coexistence in rural Queensland. SPE Economics and Management, 6 3: 122-130. doi:10.2118/167016-PA

Author Everingham, Jo-Anne
Collins, Nina
Rifkin, Will
Rodriguez, Daniel
Baumgartl, Thomas
Cavaye, Jim
Vink, Sue
Title How farmers, graziers, miners, and gas-industry personnel see their potential for coexistence in rural Queensland
Journal name SPE Economics and Management
ISSN 2150-1173
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2118/167016-PA
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 122
End page 130
Total pages 9
Place of publication Richardson, TX United States
Publisher Society of Petroleum Engineers
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The rapid expansion of the coal-seam-gas (CSG) sector in Queensland has fueled debate on the sector’s contributions to community sustainability in a rural economy dominated by the farming of food and cotton, cattle grazing, coal mining, and a modest level of tourism. For example, will the impacts of CSG extraction on surface and groundwater have sustained negative impacts on the growing of grain, and if so, what should one expect of the CSG industry today? The intensity of debate is accompanied by an array of operating conditions placed on CSG projects by the state government, extensive media coverage, and a focus on what it takes to maintain a "social license to operate." Such a context is a challenge for resource companies committed to sustainability principles and to contributing to the social, economic, and institutional development of the communities in which they operate as well as to the conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land-use planning. In this context, our research has explored perceptions of the social and environmental impacts in two local government areas of rural Queensland. We surveyed and interviewed stakeholders affected by - and/or influential in – decision making and the management of mining, CSG extraction, and agriculture in these areas. We asked their views on the state of the environment, the economy, social fabric, human capital, and local infrastructure, comparing today to 5 years ago. Their responses reveal how this contested arena harbors "wicked" problems: issues that are hard to formulate in simple terms and in which every potential solution has irreversible consequences. Our findings suggest further that the successful coexistence of multiple industries and a social license to operate for CSG companies depend on effective management by resource companies, and by regulators, of operating practices, off-site impacts, and the distribution of benefits.
Keyword Social license to operate
Cumulative impacts
Wicked problems
Land use planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Fri, 26 Sep 2014, 22:40:44 EST by Dr Jo-anne Everingham on behalf of Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining