The pore space scramble : challenges and opportunities for subsurface governance

Gormally, Alexandra Marie and Markusson, Nils Olof and Bentham, Michelle (2018) The pore space scramble : challenges and opportunities for subsurface governance. Geoforum, 95. pp. 70-77. ISSN 0016-7185

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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
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?? subsurface governancepore spaceenergyverticalitygeosocialsociology and political science ??
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