TitleA Tale of Two Sitings: Contentious Politics in Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Siting in California
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBoudet, H, Ortolano, L
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Pagination5 - 21
Date Published2010///
ISBN Number0739-456X

The siting of large industrial facilities represents a difficult planning problem. Despite decades of experience and research on siting, many of the same patterns of conflict persist. We focus on four factors drawn largely from the study of social movements--threat, political opportunity, resources and appropriation, and loss of trust--to explain the mobilization efforts of project opponents in two cases of attempts to site liquefied natural gas terminals in California. Findings from these cases indicate that either a significant endowment of resources or a combination of threat and political opportunity is important for mobilization.