No Fracking Way

Truthout Catches Up – Control Risks Report on Fracking Groups

by Dory Hippauf on December 19, 2012

UPDATE: March 27, 2013

catchupMedia playing catchup?

Truthout published Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign today (March 27, 2013).   What took them so long?

The blog post below was put out on December 19, 2012 – approximately 3 months ago.

The Control Risks Group Limited (CRG) is a subsidiary of Control Risks Holdings Limited, with headquarters in London,UK.

CRG describes itself as:
….an independent, global risk consultancy specialising in helping organisations manage political, integrity and security risks in complex and hostile environments. We support clients by providing strategic consultancy, expert analysis and in-depth investigations, handling sensitive political issues and providing practical on-the-ground protection and support.

CRG has issued a “white paper” entitled: THE GLOBAL ANTI-FRACKING MOVEMENT – What it wants, how it operates and what’s next

The paper covers topics such as:

  • Gasland goes global
  • What the anti-fracking movement wants
  • How the anti-fracking movement operates
  • How can the industry respond?

Note the title of the paper “GLOBAL anti-fracking movement.”    Yes, your local grass-roots group is considered part of the “GLOBAL anti-fracking movement”.

CRG continues:

As shown by local bans in the US and Canada, national moratoriums in France and Bulgaria, and tighter regulation in Australia and the UK, the global anti-fracking movement has mounted an effective campaign against the extraction of unconventional gas through hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’). Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry has largely failed to appreciate social and political risks, and has repeatedly been caught off guard by the sophistication, speed and influence of anti-fracking activists.

The paper gives advice on 4 key areas to target in order to improve relations with stakeholders (page 13)

  • Acknowledge Grievances
  • Engaging Communities
  • Reduce Impacts
  • Create More Winners

It’s somewhat interesting a google search for Control Risks FTI Consulting turned up a few former CRG employees are now associated with FTI Consulting.

As a sidenote – not surprisingly, but still of some concern, I did a word search on the white paper for the word “RESPONSIBILITY”, there were ZERO instances.

Better Deal?  Really?

It is very telling and interesting under the Section “What anti-fracking movement wants” – the first item has to do with money under the heading of A better deal. (emphasis added)

A better deal

Parts of the anti-fracking movement are not opposed to hydraulic fracturing per se, but want to extract a better deal from the industry in terms of economic opportunity, taxation, and compensation.

Sort of thrown into the paper, here and there are mentions of concerns regarding environmental and health impact.  Kind of like an afterthought….oh yeah…there are a few people worried about the environment and health.

Control Risks also does assessments on terrorists groups, political unrest.   If they assess these like they have the Frackitivist movement, there might be a problem with their “intel”.

Yes, We can Sing

The white paper is not only helpful in respect to letting us know how the natural gas industry may approach or adjust current public relations, it also highlights how effective we have been, are now and will be in the natural gas debate.

This paper would not have been written if each and every one of our groups were not making a difference.   Natural Gas corporations would not be spending millions (perhaps billions) in global public relation campaigns, academic papers, lobbying, and political donations, etc., if each of us were not making a difference.

I know it seems at times we are “preaching to the choir”, but our “choir” is growing.   You only have to look at how much money the natural gas industry is spending to shut us up as proof of the size of our choir.

(C) 2012 by Dory Hippauf 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

deb December 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

WOW Dory! This means the frackers are taking us seriously.

They still don’t “GET IT”

But at least they are afraid, as they should be…. We are growing and our opposition is showing!


Dory Hippauf December 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Nope, “they” don’t get it at all. People are wise to the all fluff-no stuff PR and are extremely distrustful of it


Bill Henry December 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

If only they would use that money to make drilling safer and to help the people they harmed that would be one way to get rid of us.


Dory Hippauf December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Gee, Bill, spend money on making drilling safer? What a concept! But seriously, they seem to feel it’s more cost effective to put out fluffy commercials than actually investing in safety or actually taking responsibility.


Ed Vicheck December 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

It seems the way the courts have been ruling on environmental issues, it is almost more cost efficient for the Industry to push forward and pay fines and penalties after they have profited.

We travel 231 between Avella and Claysville Pa. every morning. At the moment it is the most active section for pipeline and you literally can’t drive more than a 1/4 mile without a work area where they are running the pipeline on both sides of the road. I kid you not when I say that it is the most dangerous stretch of road around Avella. They are moving oversize loads without lead vehicles or signs. I was run off the road 2 times yesterday because the road has some horse shoe turns and the trucks have to swing it wide to make the turn.
Tonight is our Township meeting and I will find out if they have the proper permits for moving oversize loads without lead cars and signs on narrow roads.


Dory Hippauf December 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I think being run off the road falls under :
•Acknowledge Grievances…in CRG’s paper. This is where the NG Industry rep says “I’m sorry” and then launches into the talking points before turning to glad hand a town official


Liz Rosenbaum March 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

Wherever unconventional gas drilling goes, opposition follows. Coincidence? I think not. Maybe their extensive PR efforts are working – to wake people to the fact that we don’t need another filthy fossil fuel. If it seems too good to be true, America, you know it is.


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