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The pore space scramble: challenges and opportunities for subsurface governance

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Geoforum
Volume95
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)70-77
Publication statusPublished
Early online date17/07/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

There is a rich literature on environmental governance that
provides critiques and conceptual tools on how various environmental
'arenas' or overlapping global systems should be governed eg. climate,
energy, oceans (Cherp et al., 2011, Berkes, 2006, Underdal, 2010). In
this paper we argue that the geological subsurface should be considered
as a new arena for governance in its own right. The arguments for this
are presented by considering current and future challenges the subsurface
will face as its utilisation evolves and intensifies, particularly in the
context of both energy security and low carbon energy. Three main
challenges are highlighted; ownership, access and long term stewardship.
These challenges are presented using the illustrative context of
subsurface pore space for the long term storage of CO2 from Carbon
Capture (CCS). This is presented in the UK context but ultimately has
implication for global subsurface governance going forward.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Geoforum. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Geoforum, 95, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.07.006