The Great Artesian Basin: a contested resource environment of subterranean water and coal seam gas in Australia

de Rijke, Kim, Munro, Paul and de Lourdes Melo Zurita, Maria (2016) The Great Artesian Basin: a contested resource environment of subterranean water and coal seam gas in Australia. Society and Natural Resources, 29 6: 696-710. doi:10.1080/08941920.2015.1122133


Author de Rijke, Kim
Munro, Paul
de Lourdes Melo Zurita, Maria
Title The Great Artesian Basin: a contested resource environment of subterranean water and coal seam gas in Australia
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0723
0894-1920
Publication date 2016-02-11
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2015.1122133
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 29
Issue 6
Start page 696
End page 710
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) in Australia is one of the largest subterranean aquifer systems in the world. In this article we venture into the subterranean “resource environment”’ of the Great Artesian Basin and ask whether new insights can be provided by social analyses of the “vertical third dimension” in contemporary contests over water and coal seam gas. Our analysis makes use of a large number of publicly available submissions made to recent state and federal government inquiries, augmented with data obtained through ethnographic fieldwork among landholders in the coal seam gas fields of southern Queensland. We examine the contemporary contest in terms of ontological politics, and regard the underground as a challenging “socionature hybrid” in which the material characteristics, uses, and affordances of water and coal seam gas resources in the Great Artesian Basin are entangled with broader social histories, technologies, knowledge debates, and discursive contests
Keyword Fracking
Great Artesian Basin
Natural resource extraction
Unconventional gas
Underground
Water
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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