Getting to the heart of coal seam gas protests – it’s not just the technical risks

Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Selen A. Ercan, Sonya Duus

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Abstract

Opposition to coal seam gas (CSG) in Australia is remarkable. CSG proposals – mostly affecting rural areas – have spawned hundreds of opposition groups across the country. Some are now household names, like Lock the Gate and Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG). But there are also many others; small local groups without logos or official websites.

Our research reveals all sorts of concerns motivate the opponents of CSG. But one factor, emotions – in particular how people “do” emotions – helps explain how people mobilise and unite in their opposition.

It’s fair to say the scale of this resistance has been a shock all round: to industry, to government, and even to organisers in the movement itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Paperpress
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018

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