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How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil

first_imgThe StratCom group studied environmental protesters on behalf of the driller Apache Energy. Apache was seeking to drill near Balmorhea State Park in Texas and was concerned that protesters were planning camps similar to those set up to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to two people with direct knowledge of the work.One FTI document prepared for Apache, dated Jan. 25, 2017, included a link to a list of groceries and camp supplies compiled by organizers, which the document said provided a hint of the proposed camp’s size. To arrive at that conclusion, scientists say, the report tallied data from the Environmental Protection Agency that the agency itself states does not represent overall emissions: The numbers, which are reported by the energy industry about a limited number of compressor stations and other facilities, do not include emissions from the area’s thousands of wells. The data are “too low by at least a factor of two, and quite likely more,” said Robert W. Howarth, a professor at Cornell University who has researched methane emissions.FTI stood by the report, calling its findings “on track with broader trends in Texas’ oil fields.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Texans for Natural Gas is just one campaign run with the help of FTI employees. Others include: Citizens to Protect PA Jobs, New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity, the Liberty Energy Project and the Arctic Energy Center, according to interviews, internal documents and an examination of the digital trail of domain-name registrations and other details left by the creation of the websites.Another such organization, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said of FTI in a statement: “We are proud to have them as a contract partner, especially when it comes to direct and transparent media support.”‘Susan,’ the fake Facebook userWithin FTI, a group called StratCom, short for Strategic Communications, focuses on industry messaging campaigns. In the United States, the group is led by Brian Kennedy, former press secretary for the office of the House minority leader and a former spokesman for Transocean, the drilling contractor involved in the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.- Advertisement –last_img read more

English Premier League records two more positive coronavirus tests

first_imgTwo people from two English Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after a second batch of testing, the Premier League said on Saturday.Since the players returned to limited group training on Tuesday, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England’s top flight clubs. “The Premier League can today (Saturday) confirm that on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs,” the league said in a statement.“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.“Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.”The Premier League said it would not be providing details of the identities of the two new positive tests.A total of 748 tests of players and club staff made up the initial round of testing on Sunday and Monday. Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and two members of the club’s non-playing staff and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan were among six positive tests.They are all still in their seven-day isolation period.Two other Watford players are also self-isolating after coming into close contact with people who tested positive, according to manager Nigel Pearson.No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the government has given the green light for elite sports to resume from June 1, including top flight football.The Premier League’s “Project Restart” hopes to resume action in June, although no date has been fixed. Another round of tests are scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.All 20 clubs will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether they can move to phase two of the restart and allow full contact training.Chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday the Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about a resumption of the top flight.He added that the remaining 92 games would be completed.RelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years “We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players,” Masters said.Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is the highest in Europe with an official figure of 36,675 as of Saturday.Germany’s Bundesliga returned to action last week with matches in empty stadiums and strict safety protocols.Spain’s government on Saturday gave the go-ahead for La Liga to resume from June 8.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Adrian MariappaEnglish Premier LeagueNigel PearsonRichard MastersWatfordlast_img read more