Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Modular Evaluation Method for Subsurface Activities (MEMSA). A novel approach for integrating social acceptance in a permit decision-making process for subsurface activities

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Author(s)

Herman van Os, Rien Herber, Lambertus Johannes Regnerus Scholtens

School/Research organisations

Abstract

We investigate how the decision support system ‘Modular Evaluation Method Subsurface Activities’ (MEMSA) can help facilitate an informed decision-making process for permit applications of subsurface activities. To this end, we analyze the extent the MEMSA approach allows for a dialogue between stakeholders in a transparent manner. We use the exploration permit for the underground gas storage facility at the Pieterburen salt dome (Netherlands) as a case study. The results suggest that the MEMSA approach is flexible enough to adjust to changing conditions. Furthermore, MEMSA provides a novel way for identifying structural problems and possible solutions in permit decision-making processes for subsurface activities, on the basis of the sensitivity analysis of intermediate rankings. We suggest that the planned size of an activity should already be specified in the exploration phase, because this would allow for a more efficient use of the subsurface as a whole. We conclude that the host community should be involved to a greater extent and in an early phase of the permit decision-making process, for example, already during the initial analysis of the project area of a subsurface activity. We suggest that strategic national policy goals are to be re-evaluated on a regular basis, in the form of a strategic vision for the subsurface, to account for timing discrepancies between the realization of activities and policy deadlines, because this discrepancy can have a large impact on the necessity and therefore acceptance of a subsurface activity.
Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-122
Number of pages25
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Volume64
Early online date27 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

    Research areas

  • Subsurface activities, Decision support systems, Social acceptance, Salt dome, Mining, Underground natural gas storage

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Accounting and accountability in the Anthropocene

    Bebbington, J., Österblom, H., Crona, B., Jouffray, J-B., Larrinaga, C., Russell, S. L. & Scholtens, B., 12 Nov 2019, In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. Ahead-of-print

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Leverage points in the financial sector for seafood sustainability

    Jouffray, J. B., Crona, B., Wassénius, E., Bebbington, J. & Scholtens, B., 2 Oct 2019, In : Science Advances. 5, 10, p. 1-11 12 p., eaax3324.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. The power of friends and neighbors: a review of community energy research

    van der Schoor, T. & Scholtens, B., 28 Sep 2019, In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 39, p. 71-80 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  4. Sustainability and bank risk

    Scholtens, L. J. R. & Van 't Klooster, S., 10 Sep 2019, In : Palgrave Communications. 5, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., 105.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Scientific approaches of community energy, a literature review

    van der Schoor, T. & Scholtens, L. J. R., 18 Jun 2019, Groningen: Centre for Energy Economics Research (CEER). 106 p. (CEER Policy Papers)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

Related by journal

  1. Is EIA part of the wind power planning problem?

    Smart, D., Stojanovic, T. & Warren, C. R., 2014, In : Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 49

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Framework for assessing impacts of pile-driving noise from offshore wind farm construction on a harbour seal population

    Thompson, P. M., Hastie, G. D., Nedwell, J., Barham, R., Brookes, K. L., Cordes, L. S., Bailey, H. & McLean, N., 1 Nov 2013, In : Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 43, p. 73-85 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ID: 249900435

Top