Call for papers: OGEL special issue on "The Governance of Unconventional Gas Development Outside the United States of America"
1 November 2013
Update June 2014: OGEL 3 (2014) - Governance of Unconventional Gas outside the United States of America published,
Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (www.ogel.org) invites submissions for a special issue on "The Governance of Unconventional Gas Exploitation Outside the United States". The guest editor for this special issue will be Philip Andrews-Speed of the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore.
The "shale gas revolution" in the US has led to an explosion of interest around the world in shale gas and, to a lesser extent, in tight gas and coal-bed methane. Estimates by international organisations and national governments point to a huge apparent potential natural gas resources which can be produced with new technologies. However, the rise of unconventional gas development has also raised concerns about the negative environmental effects resulting from such activities.
The US experience with shale gas raises two important questions:
To what extent can or will the governments of other countries put in place the governance systems to promote the development of unconventional gas resources?
For those governments that choose to promote the exploitation of unconventional gas resources, how robust are their governance systems for regulating the environmental aspects of this industry?
Much has been written about unconventional gas in the U.S. but rather less is available on other countries, with the possible exception of Australia and China. Therefore, this Special Issue will focus on countries other than the United States of America.
It is intended that the majority of papers will be country studies, but papers with a wider scope will also be considered.
A non-exclusive list of countries of interest would include:
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
The types of unconventional gas can include:
- Tight gas (i.e. very low porosity reservoirs)
- Coal-bed methane (also known as coal seam methane, which may include coal mine methane)
- Shale gas
Papers should address one or both of the questions posed above. Analyses should preferably draw on a combination of political, legal, economic and social insights and not be restricted to a single aspect of governance.
Feel free to forward this call for papers to colleagues who may be interested in contributing to the special issue.
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