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Offshore Petroleum Politics

Regulation and Risk in the Scotian Basin

The extraction of oil and gas from offshore continental shelves constitutes one of the most dynamic sectors of global petroleum development. It is also one of the most complex. Atlantic Canada is no exception, and the history of Scotian Basin petroleum over the past half century reveals a fascinating series of political challenges, accommodations, and settlements. Peter Clancy’s comprehensive analysis of petroleum politics in Nova Scotia demonstrates the complex intergovernmental and intercorporate relationships, ecological concerns, and Aboriginal interests that have complicated offshore development. His incisive analysis of the complex politics at play provides new insights into the unique challenges facing the petroleum industry in Atlantic Canada.

436 pages

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Part 1: The Political Economy of Offshore Petroleum

2 The Politics of Offshore Basin Development

Part 2: Parameters of the Offshore State

3 The Political Construction of Administrative Institutions

4 The CNSOPB in Action: Regulatory Politics in Multiple Dimensions

5 The Provincial State and the Entrepreneurial Impulse: NSRL

Part 3: Case Studies in the Offshore Petroleum Chain

6 Corridor Politics: Sable Gas Project Development

7 The Politics of Backward Linkage: Industrial Benefi ts

8 The Politics of Fiscal Entitlement: Offshore Revenues

9 The Onshore Politics of Natural Gas Distribution

10 The Liquefied Natural Gas Factor in Nova Scotia

11 Offshore Politics and the Aboriginal Challenge

12 Conclusion


Selected Bibliography


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