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Beyond environmental harm: Industry claims, lived experiences, and the impacts of gas extraction

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Caretta, MA; Haeffner, M; Emanuel, R; Hood, R; Seydel, J
Published in: Energy Research and Social Science
September 1, 2024

The peer-reviewed literature presents overwhelming evidence that fossil fuel based energy infrastructure projects are responsible for lower residential property values, environmental destruction and pollution that decrease residents' quality of life. These projects also challenge local people's sense of identity and even the threat of such a project can make residents question their sense of place. As evidence, we first present a bibliographic analysis of the environmental impact statements for the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia and the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Oregon. We find that their approval processes relies on non-peer-reviewed, industry-funded claims that pipelines will bring economic benefit and will have no effect on property values. Second, through original interview data gathered between 2019 and 2021 in West Virginia and in 2021 in Oregon, we engage with the concepts of sense of identity and sense of place to demonstrate that regardless of the local context, fossil fuel based energy infrastructure projects cause more than environmental damage; they trigger emotional reactions in residents that see or fear seeing their everyday lives upended. Taken together, this Perspective contributes to the emerging field of emotional energy geography to show how the plans and implementation of oil and gas pipelines become crucial turning points in residents' lives.

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Energy Research and Social Science

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2214-6296

Publication Date

September 1, 2024

Volume

115

Related Subject Headings

  • 1605 Policy and Administration
  • 1604 Human Geography
 

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Caretta, M. A., Haeffner, M., Emanuel, R., Hood, R., & Seydel, J. (2024). Beyond environmental harm: Industry claims, lived experiences, and the impacts of gas extraction (Accepted). Energy Research and Social Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2024.103606
Caretta, M. A., M. Haeffner, R. Emanuel, R. Hood, and J. Seydel. “Beyond environmental harm: Industry claims, lived experiences, and the impacts of gas extraction (Accepted).” Energy Research and Social Science, September 1, 2024. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2024.103606.
Caretta MA, Haeffner M, Emanuel R, Hood R, Seydel J. Beyond environmental harm: Industry claims, lived experiences, and the impacts of gas extraction (Accepted). Vol. 115, Energy Research and Social Science. 2024.
Caretta, M. A., et al. “Beyond environmental harm: Industry claims, lived experiences, and the impacts of gas extraction (Accepted).” Energy Research and Social Science, vol. 115, 1 Sept. 2024. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.erss.2024.103606.
Caretta MA, Haeffner M, Emanuel R, Hood R, Seydel J. Beyond environmental harm: Industry claims, lived experiences, and the impacts of gas extraction (Accepted). Energy Research and Social Science. 2024.
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Published In

Energy Research and Social Science

DOI

ISSN

2214-6296

Publication Date

September 1, 2024

Volume

115

Related Subject Headings

  • 1605 Policy and Administration
  • 1604 Human Geography