They called it "development": The Complicated Relationship of Gela and Eni

Author/s Pietro Saitta, Luigi Pellizzoni
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2009/96
Language Italian Pages 31 P. 158-188 File size 330 KB
DOI 10.3280/ASUR2009-096007
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The Complicated Relationship of Gela and Eni - Nineteen-fifties: Oil appears in Sicily, and the population welcomes the petrochemical plants. "Sicily as Texas", is what common people think. Fifty years later, the cost of the dream is apparent: Malformations, industrial diseases, devastation of water sources, organized crime. Gela is one of the Italian capitals of the petrochemical industry: The resistance against the "black gold" owners has started. The authors discuss the theme of redevelopment and describe the social impact of the oil industry in the considered town.

Keywords: Sicily, petrochemical industry, redevelopment, environmentalism, water, trust.

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Pietro Saitta, Luigi Pellizzoni, Lo chiamavano "sviluppo": il complicato rapporto di Gela con l’Eni in "ARCHIVIO DI STUDI URBANI E REGIONALI" 96/2009, pp 158-188, DOI: 10.3280/ASUR2009-096007