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 –
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has issued a performance statement to CorPower Ocean following the dry testing of Swedish developer’s wave energy converter (WEC) in Stockholm.The testing involved the dry testing of CorPower’s power take-off (PTO) on the Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) test rig, specifically designed for the purposes of testing the PTO onshore as part of the Wave Energy Scotland (WES) funded Hi-Drive project.The purpose of HIL rig is to enable onshore testing and provide verification of wave energy converter machinery (WEC) subsystems before deployment.The rig emulates loads and motions representative of a complete range of expected sea-states, according to verification body EMEC.The dry test program performed over seven months included 708 registered test runs, with 378 signals being measured providing more than 1TB of data on the equipment, EMEC informed.Hardware-In-the-Loop test rig (Photo: CorPower Ocean)The innovative CorPower’s WaveSpring phase control method was verified, with sub-system efficiency of 99% at rated loading, and the test campaign was finalized with a two week non-interrupt test, according to EMEC.Jean-Michel Chauvet, Director Integration & test, CorPower, said: “The level of detailed characterization of the equipment enabled by controlled dry testing with computer generated wave loading has provided accelerated learning which has helped us to deliver a reliable WEC before deploying it in the ocean. We consider dry testing a critical part also in our next full-scale program for the C4 WEC.”Tim Hurst, CEO of Wave Energy Scotland, added: “This kind of rigorous testing is essential to verifying the performance of a PTO technology and helps us to reduce risk before moving to the real sea testing environment. CorPower is setting an excellent example to successors following the same thorough approach.”Following the dry tests in Sweden, CorPower’s WEC – named C3 – was transported to Orkney. The half-scale WEC was deployed in January 2018 at EMEC’s scale test site at Scapa Flow in Orkney with support from the Interreg NWE FORESEA programme.CorPower plans to wrap up the C3 tests this summer and will incorporate the learning from the wet tests into the development of their next generation WEC technology. This is part of the Horizon 2020 funded project – WaveBoost and the full scale HiWave-5 project.The HIL-rig will also be used within the WaveBoost project to verify next generation design, the company added.