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Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource ActivityLegal Change and Impact on Communities$
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Lila Barrera-Hernández, Barry Barton, Lee Godden, Alastair Lucas, and Anita Rønne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767954.001.0001

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Social and Environmental Liability of Private Companies in the Energy Sector and the Mexican Energy Reform

Social and Environmental Liability of Private Companies in the Energy Sector and the Mexican Energy Reform

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(p.241) 14 Social and Environmental Liability of Private Companies in the Energy Sector and the Mexican Energy Reform
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Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity
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José Juan González Márquez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767954.003.0014

This chapter evaluates the potential effectiveness of the new legal instruments designed to facilitate access to justice vis-à-vis the various initiatives to be implemented in Mexican energy reform. It includes a brief study of the new environmental law framework to regulate the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon activities as well as the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. The analysis explores the new constitutional and legal principles aimed at sharing economic benefits with indigenous communities, landowners, and the Mexican state. In addition, the chapter discusses the public’s right to participate in the process of decision-making when the state allocates contracts and concessions to private companies in the energy sector. It also includes a look at the way communities can file legal actions aimed at protecting their interests concerning the right to a healthy environment and the principle of sustainable development.

Keywords:   Mexican energy reform, environmental law, Mexican state, energy sector, sustainable development

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