Acceptance by Proxy: Analyzing Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing to Better Understand Public Acceptance for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide
Public Awareness of Carbon Capture and Storage: A Survey of Attitudes toward Climate Change Mitigation
Sociopolitical Challenges to the Siting of Facilities with Perceived Environmental Risks
The Hawaii Carbon Dioxide Ocean Sequestration Field Experiment: A Case Study in Public Perceptions and Institutional Effectiveness
Project: Sociopolitical Challenges to the Siting of Facilities with Perceived Environmental Risks
Sponsors: Carbon Sequestration Initiative
Difficulties are often experienced in the siting of facilities that serve a public need but also pose localized safety, health and/or environmental risks. This has historically been due to not-in-my-back-yard (NIMBY) opposition on the part of more affluent neighborhoods but, more recently, can also be attributed to minority and low-income communities’ pursuit of environmental justice. An emerging technology for which siting is likely to present a particular challenge is geologic carbon sequestration. This thesis uses a case study approach to develop a set of recommendations for preventing and, if required, dealing with local opposition to geologic carbon sequestration projects – and necessary but controversial facilities, in general. These recommendations stress the wisdom of neither discounting the possibility nor effectiveness of opposition based on NIMBY syndrome or environmental justice concerns; the potential for careful site selection to reduce the likelihood of local opposition; the importance of meaningful public participation, trust building and compensation in securing community support; and, in the case of facilities with localized risks, the need to educate community members as to the risks involved.
Heddle, G.A., "Sociopolitical Challenges to the Siting of Facilities with Perceived Environmental Risks," M.I.T. Masters Thesis, June (2003). <PDF>