Workshop C1: Politicization and Securization of the Nexus
Chaired by Joyeeta Gupta
Presenting speakers :
The objective of the paper is to compare relevant policies and regulatory frameworks around hydraulic fracturing in order to evaluate the extent to which energy security has been increased at the expense of water security. Particular emphasis is put on the water and energy nexus by examining as case studies two arid regions where “trading” water and energy securities could be particularly important: Texas and Spain. Each entity is a self-governing economic power existing within the context of a larger governmental or institutional structure (i.e. the United States and the European Union). The paper compares the regulatory, institutional, and cultural contexts of the two jurisdictions of study in order to evaluate the robustness of the frameworks to prevent the reduction in water security as a consequence of the pursuit of energy security. The industry in each case is at a different level of development, but these differences may be instructive. In particular, the experience of Texas, seen as the pioneer in the industry, may offer lessons for Spain as that country debates early steps into hydraulic fracturing exploration, albeit within very different regulatory and cultural contexts. Paucity of data is discussed. Also considered are potential regulatory problems related to water security, such as disclosure of information about the chemical composition of fracking fluids, arguments over trade secrets, and implications for water quality. Lessons are drawn on how to guarantee water security while pursuing energy security.
Target audience: We invite interested participants from all disciplines and at all career stages specially early stage PhD student and postdocs.
Date and time: Jun 16th, 10:30 – 12:15
Location: ZUK, Osnabrück, Room 2
- Joyeeta Gupta