This session builds on recent work in geography and related fields like anthropology, science & technology studies, environmental history, and policy studies to examine emerging trends in the study of environmental and energy infrastructure at the local and regional level. It is easy for researchers, media, and the public alike to get caught up in federal and even international-level media and analysis, but the reality is that infrastructure projects – while sometimes having far-flung financial and resource linkages – unfold at the local level. As such, municipal rules, local government policies and processes, and local stakeholders’ support or opposition can profoundly shape the development and outcome of a given project. The papers in this session will aim to illuminate the links between scales shaping a particular project while also contributing to broader discussions about the roles of local government, economics, culture, and attitudes towards expertise and the environment in facilitating or limiting the deployment of environmental and energy infrastructures.
|Presenter||Jordan Howell*, Rowan University, How Can the Ecological Identity Concept Shape Policy Relating to Environmental Infrastructures?||20||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||Kathryn Bills Walsh*, Montana State University, Julia H. Haggerty, Montana State University, Social License to Operate at the Local Level: A Case Study of Surface-Owner Negotiations with Coalbed Methane Companies in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming||20||8:20 AM|
|Presenter||Leah Horowitz*, Nelson Institute, Assembling resistance to DAPL and Line 3: Pipeline assemblages and Indigenous-led counter-assemblages in North Dakota and Minnesota||20||8:40 AM|
|Presenter||David Baylis*, Delta State University, Jordan Howell, Rowan University, Will to power: the alchemical transformation of “Mississippi mud” into clean coal (and back again) in Kemper County, MS||20||9:00 AM|
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