Re­search­ing oil ex­trac­tion views

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

A stu­dent from Canada is cur­rently in Taranaki hop­ing to talk to peo­ple about their views on oil and gas ex­trac­tion in the area.

Anna Bet­tini, orig­i­nally from Mi­lan in Italy is an an­thro­pol­ogy PhD can­di­date from the Univer­sity of Al­berta in Canada.

Anna says she is in Taranaki to carry out re­search field­work for her doc­toral topic which looks at the so­cial and cul­tural im­pacts of ex­trac­tive prac­tices in the re­gion.

She says this in­cludes the dy­nam­ics cre­ated within com­mu­ni­ties and the dif­fer­ent points of view from those who see a ben­e­fit in con­tin­u­ing fos­sil fuel ex­trac­tion and/or work in the in­dus­try and those who are not as in favour or have a dif­fer­ent view on it.

“I aim to ex­plore a va­ri­ety of themes, from the changes that have been oc­cur­ring, the pos­si­ble prob­lems that may have been arisen and af­fected com­mu­nity mem­bers, how lo­cal land and nat­u­ral re­sources man­age­ment strate­gies have been adapted, con­sid­er­ing also el­e­ments of en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion.”

Anna says she wants to look at how the ways in which we re­late to our land­scape can change as the land­scape it­self does.

“With ex­trac­tive in­dus­tries hav­ing oc­curred for so long in Taranaki, I find it of in­ter­est to know what peo­ple’s per­cep­tions are in gen­eral, and how their sense of be­long­ing may or may not have been shaped through the years.”

Whether peo­ple sim­ply live or work close to oil and gas fa­cil­i­ties or work in the field them­selves, Anna says their opin­ion will help with her re­search.

“Any­one with an opin­ion on oil and gas ex­trac­tion in their area is wel­come to talk to me. Anonymity is guar­an­teed and in­ter­views will take about an hour. I can ar­range to do them at a time and place which suits you.” All par­tic­i­pants will be given a $15 gift card as a thanks for their time.

■ To find out more, con­tact Anna on 027 231 1478 or email her: bet­[email protected]­berta.ca

Anna Bet­tini is in Taranaki car­ry­ing out re­search for her stud­ies.

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