The 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 – 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 –
… Hetmyer, Rutherford respective captains, to battle for $1MBy Clifton RossIN wake of Guyana’s upcoming 50th Anniversary (Jubilee) celebrations, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Ministry of Social Cohesion/Sport in partnership with National Communications Network (NCN), unveiled the ‘Golden Republic T20 Bash’ set for February 21 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.While a number of activities are planned for the country’s celebratory period, the Government of Guyana and GCB have sought to collaborate in order to bring the best national players and possibly a few regional stars together for the T20 spectacle.At yesterday’s launch held at NCN Studio on Homestretch Avenue, GCB secretary Anand Sanasie, Territorial Development Officer (TDO) Colin Stuart and NCN Marketing & Sales Manager Dellon Murray, unveiled the particulars regarding the upcoming match.Sanasie said the bash is expected to mirror that of a high-intensity T20 affair, as West Indies players Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford will lead the two respective sides; named the ‘Hetmyer Hurricanes’ and ‘Rutherford Renegades’.The pair of Windies stars will have a number of Guyana Jaguars and Academy players at their disposal while Sanasie also said that Windies players Carlos Brathwaite, Chadwick Walton and Rayad Emrit could be a part of the match, as organisers are in talks to get a few regional players involved.Only all-rounders Romario Shepherd and Keemo Paul will not feature in the Bash after being on West Indies duties. Meanwhile, the teams will showcase their specially customised playing kits for the match next week, as the organising committee promised its final press-conference ahead of the match and official unveiling of teams.Murray said NCN’s role is pivotal in the Jubilee celebrations as being a part of such a historic event, especially given cricket’s message of unity. He said archiving of the match will allow it to hold a special place among the list of other activities Guyana will host during this time of merriment; adding that Guyanese, 50 years from now will be able to see how Guyana celebrated her milestone anniversary.NCN will stream the match live on cable, or ball-by-ball on the company’s Facebook page while Radio coverage is expected to be widespread as to afford all Guyanese an opportunity to show support to their local cricket stars.The GCB secretary also pointed out that the entrance fee is $2 000 to any of the stands at the Providence stadium.The day’s festivities get underway with a softball exhibition match from 14:00hrs with the main feature match set to bowl off under lights at 18:00hrs.
Former Tipp centre back John McIntyre was happy with Maher’s performance against the Rebels and says he’s got the potential to become a solid No 6 for the Premier county. The Premier County are set to take on our neighbours and rivals in Cusack Park in Ennis on Sunday week with a throw in time of 3.45. Michael Ryan’s men booked their place in the last 8 with a convincing win over Cork at the weekend…Ryan has used several new players to the squad in a number of positions in recent weeks. One of those who is coming in for huge praise in Thurles Sarsfield’s Ronan Maher at centre back…the mid Tipp clubman got his first full start in the league outing against Waterford and impressed once again on Sunday.