Purpose: to theoretically contextualize the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) issue using Bauman and Debord. More generally, this research provides a theoretical and qualitative context to understand the LNG issue in discussions of environmental management, globalization, and local government.
Design/methodology/approach: this article uses Boje’s narrative case study approach to analyze the politics around localized resistance movements to LNG production in the Rio Grande Valley. Specifically, the study examines data collected from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), personal interviews, and public declarations (newspapers, blogs, social media) to create an historiographical account of LNGs in the RGV to analyze the Laguna Madre resistance case regarding three LNG companies.
Findings: the development of LNG in Laguna Madre has been at least temporarily halted. This is considered partially due to the pandemic, reduced demand, and local resistance. In the Laguna Madre case, controlling narratives by the LNG resistance appeared to be an essential component of their overall strategy.
Originality/value: understanding the impact of energy development locally and globally becomes increasingly important as access to fossil fuels become more limited. This case helps understand the overall adverse actions taken by LNGs to exploit communities, individuals, and the environment while illustrating practical tools being employed to resist the less desirable elements of energy development.
Garrett, T. and Sementelli, A. (2021), "Lone Star Wars: LNGs, communities and globalization versus local resistance in the Laguna Madre region of coastal South Texas", Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGR-03-2021-0035
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