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Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

Edited by Lila Barrera-Hernández, Barry Barton, Lee Godden, Alastair Lucas and Anita Rønne

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780198767954
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191821783 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767954.001.0001
Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

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The growing global demand for energy, as well as the increased sophistication of related technology, has led to an increase in the size and number of natural resource extraction projects worldwide. Energy and resource activities bring benefits for many, but also impose costs on local communities. In recent decades, a new chapter has opened up in energy and resource development and its relationship with the broader community. A range of legal mechanisms and associated agreements has arisen which seek to balance the costs of energy and resources projects, and, in some instances, to enable tangible benefits for local communities. Indeed, sharing the benefits of natural resource activity has now become a legal requirement for operating in many jurisdictions, particularly in developing countries. This book uses case studies from across the globe to examine the emergence of such legal measures, their advantages and disadvantages, and the improvements that may be feasible in the legal frameworks used to distribute the costs and benefits of energy and resource activity. The book is split into three parts: Part I considers general legal and conceptual frameworks; Part II addresses the mechanisms available to distribute benefits; and Part III considers the role of public engagement and participation in the allocation of costs and benefits of natural resource projects.

Keywords: energy; natural resource; extraction; resource projects; developing countries; benefits; public engagement

Book.  480 pages. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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Introduction in Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

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Community and Sharing in Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

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Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in Latin America in Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

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Agreements with Indigenous Communities in Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

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Community Benefit Agreements for Wind Farm Siting in Context in Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

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Opposition to Wind Farms and the Possible Responses of the Legal System in Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

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