Does oil and gas development increase crime within UK local authorities?

Stretesky, Paul, Long, Michael, McKie, Ruth and Aryee, Feizel (2018) Does oil and gas development increase crime within UK local authorities? The Extractive Industries and Society. ISSN 2214-790X (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.03.006

Abstract

There is a renewed interest in expanding domestic oil and gas development in the United Kingdom (UK). However, the potential social consequences of this expansion are still unknown. The current study assesses whether the number of spudded oil and gas wells are correlated with violent and property crime rates within 69 local authorities between 2004 and 2015 (n=828). Fixed effects regression analyses indicate that wells are positively correlated with violent crime rates. That is, each additional well is associated with a 1.5% increase in violent crime. When the analysis is limited to those local authorities that have constructed the most wells, the correlation between wells and crime increases as the boomtown literature might suggest. In particular, each additional well is associated with a 4.9% increase in violent crime and a 4.9% increase in property crime. We conclude by pointing out that this study stands as the first to empirically examine the relationship between oil and gas development and crime within UK local authorities over time and suggest that results have important implications for crime, social disorganisation and environmental justice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resource Extraction, Local Development, Environmental Justice, Unconventional Gas Extraction
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 11:48
Last Modified: 04 May 2018 11:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33589

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