No Fracking Way

The NOT Real Promised Land

by Dory Hippauf on December 27, 2012

On December 28, 2012, the movie Promised Land is being released in New York and Los Angeles.  For the rest of us, we will have to wait until January 4, 2013.

Since its announcement this summer, the Natural Gas industry has had its boxers in a bunch.   Between editorial hit pieces of Promised Land, and attempts to stir up a “scandal”, the Natural Gas industry has created quite an interest in the movie.   The Natural Gas industry has gone as far as to release the script, well, technically not the industry itself, but rather one of its “friends” released the script.

In November 2012, Phelim McAleer, the director of “FrackNation” wrote an op-ed in the Blaze, and released the script.   See  FrackNation attacks Promised Land.

Just as the Natural Gas industry ran hits and slams and even created websites to attack Gasland.  They have done the same with Promised Land.  You may remember “Truthland”, the Natural Gas industry’s answer to Gasland.  Well, it appears they are not much in the creativity department.  The Natural Gas industry’s attack site is called the “REAL” Promised Land (RPL).     They are even on Facebook.

Clicking the “ABOUT” tab on “Real” Promised Land’s Facebook page (which most people wouldn’t normally do), you find the IPAA is going to do another infomercial as they did with “Truthland”


Please note in the plot outline(emphasis added) :  Launched by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) in 2009, Energy In Depth (EID) is a research, education and public outreach campaign focused on getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base – especially abundant sources of oil and natural gas from shale and other “tight” reservoirs across the country.

That’s a plot?  yeah, ok….. :cough cough:

Enough of looking at premise of the infomercial.  LET’S LOOK AT SOME DOTS.

If you haven’t read my August 2012 post: Truthland Really?, please do it now.

If you have read Truthland Really?, you may remember the juggling of domain website registrations.  Briefly, Truthland was originally registered to Chesapeake Energy, then switch to some unknown company known as MFL Holdings, Inc., and finally shuffled to the IPAA.

I have written about Energy-in-Depth (EID), the IPAA and FTI Consulting connections.   See Birth of Energy In Depth.    We have established EID is a PR campaign created by IPAA and managed by FTI Consulting.

Naturally, I went to RPL website  –, and down at the bottom of the page is EID and IPAA logos.    Based on EID-IPAA connections to FTI Consulting, I expected to see either FTI Consulting or Dittus Communications as the registrant for the RPL’s website.   

I didn’t.

 Instead I found RPL’s website as being registered to Kinesis, LLC.    Now that’s a new “DOT”.


Now to find out who is Kinesis, LLC and why they are the registrant for RPL website.   Initially a google search for Kinesis, LLC turned up a plumbing company in Florida.    Really?  Naaaaaahhhhh.

I ran a google search for Kinesis LLC and IPAA.  Nothing.   Kinesis LLC and natural gas.  Nothing.  Kinesis LLC and Promised Land.  Nothing again.

Well, smack my head and hand me a V-8.  Duhhh, try Kinesis LLC and FTI Consulting.


An old article from 2008: FTI CONSULTING : FTI Expands FD’s Digital Media Capabilities With Acquisition of Kinesis Marketing | 07/25/2008

 FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), through its strategic communications arm, FD, today announces the acquisition of Kinesis Marketing, a strategic online communications firm, which represents an important expansion of FD’s interactive service offering. As part of the FTI network, FD Kinesis (as the company will be known) will complement FD’s established design, annual report, and alternative media services unit and bring an expanded range of digital solutions to clients across the Americas and beyond to help them manage their reputations and build their brands.

Per SEC filing, Kinesis LLC is listed as a subsidiary of FTI Consulting.

Alright, so that was back in 2008, is Kinesis, LLC still a subsidiary?
According to  Hoovers link it is.

Clicking on will take you to FTI Consulting redirect page.

And there you are, the “Real” Promised Land is another commercial brought to by the PR firms hired by the Natural Gas Industry.

 Promised Land unBourne by Chip Northup.  

As I pointed out in my earlier blogs on this, being a landman is not an uncommon way to get started in the oil and gas business. J. Paul Getty started out as one in Oklahoma – working for his mom. Aubrey McClendon was a landman. At least one of my relatives and several of my friends were/are.

The problem is that, being a landman is where the fracking chicanery starts.

Chicanery in communities may start with the landman, but the big infomercials are run by PR firms who are handsomely paid.   With apologies to the Mamas & Papas, in the gas industry, no one getting fat ‘cept Mama Frack.

UPDATE 12/28/2012:
1. Rumor has it the IPAA/EID minions will be showing up at movie theaters and handing out Fracking “info”.  

2. Don’t know where or when Promised Land will be showing in your area?  Enter your zip to find  showing near you: 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Gloria December 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Outstanding job once again, thank you.


Chip Northrup December 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

You mean the gas-roots opposition to a movie is a fracking PR firm in NJ ? No way


Dory Hippauf December 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Fracking PR firm from NJ is subsidiary of the same PR Firm hired by IPAA to run EID. I’m having trouble locating an actual, real website for the NJ PR firm. I suspect it has gone in the same manner as FD Dittus Communications- just a name on a piece of paper.


Barbara December 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Wow… just waded through the NY Post article by McAleer and the comments. Yikes – so much name calling, personal attacks, lies, etc etc from those professing to have the truth. That alone is a definitive statement of weakness.
Keep those dots rolling! It is very powerful research and so needed. Big thumbs up!


deb December 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Oh Dear Dory….. ROFLMAO…..

Well, smack my head and hand me a V-8. Duhhh, try Kinesis LLC and FTI Consulting.

Dear Me….. I am still laughing….. Can’t they hide things better by now….. They know they can run, but they can’t hide…..

One question…. Why are they wasting the money on the few illiterates that will still believe them? Shouldn’t they be saving it for the lawsuits they are getting by the minute?

Thanks for making my day!!!


Dory Hippauf December 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

Why are the NG corps spending money on things like RPL? Well, as Scott Rotruck of Chesapeake Energy Corp. said of the natural gas industry, “The most critical thing we have to confirm in the public’s mind is that our operations are safe.” ( )

And how do you “confirm in the public’s mind that our operations are safe”? You spend money on PR campaigns and produce infomercials and layer up on front groups and greenwash sites. You hire PR firms to run it all. You spend millions on lobbying, millions more “donating” to politician. You join organizations like American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Heritage Foundation, and/or Mackinac Center for Public Policy (to name a few).

If anyone is inclined to do some connecting the dots on their own – take a look at how much money the NG corps (and their related groups) have spent in your state just on lobbying and in campaign donations. Look at it over the past 5 years. You will probably notice the amounts have increased yearly.

Now, ask yourself, would the NG corps be spending that kind of money if we weren’t making a difference? I say let’em spend the money, in fact encourage then to spend even more because the more they spend on the PR-BS and the more they spend on lobbying and “donations” to politicians means there is less to spend on fracking up our communities.

Their infomercial attempt to rebut Promised Land is another sign we are making a difference. All the infomercials and websites and hit pieces can’t overcome the very real devestation in our communities.


Dwain Wilder December 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Ah, Dorie, you’ve done it again! This would make a great movie in itself! I can just see The Yes Men having at this stuff…



Maggie Henry December 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I hope to meet you in person one day! AWESOME!


David December 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

we have all seen the fracking commercials on television sponsored by American Petroleum Institute(API). what most Americans do not know is that APIis supported by Saudia Arabia…….The “American” in American Petroleum Institute, the country’s largest oil lobby group, is a misnomer. As I reported for The Investigative Fund and The Nation in August, the group has changed over the years, and is now led by men like Tofiq Al-Gabsani, a Saudi Arabian national who heads a Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) subsidiary, the state-run oil company that also helps finance the American Petroleum Institute. Al-Gabsani is also a registered foreign agent for the Saudi government.
New disclosures retrieved today, showing some of API’s spending over the course of last year, reveal that API used its membership dues (from the world’s largest oil companies like Chevron and Aramco) to finance several dark money groups airing attack ads in the most recent election cycle.
Last year, API gave nearly half a million to the following dark money groups running political ads against Democrats and in support of Republicans:
$50,000 to Americans for Prosperity’s 501(c)(4) group, which ran ads against President Obama and congressional Democrats.
$412,969 to Coalition for American Jobs’ 501(c)(6) group, a front set up by API lobbyists to air ads for industry-friendly politicians, including soon to be former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).
$25,000 to the Sixty Plus Association’s 501(c)(4), which ran ads against congressional Democrats.
Jack Gerard, the president of API, was a close ally to the Mitt Romney campaign. Like the US Chamber of Commerce, API is one of several large trade associations that has spent heavily in support of Republican candidates.
The disclosures also show that in 2011, API spent over $68 million for public relations/advertising with the firm Edelman, $5.4 million on “coalition building” with the firm Advocates Inc, and $4 million with DDC Advocacy for “advocacy.” DDC is the firm led by Sara Fagen, the former Bush White House aide ensnared in the DOJ purges scandal. DDC now works with corporations to help them communicate with workers on how to vote.
API’s Saudi leadership is perhaps one of the most salient examples of how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has opened the door to foreign influence.
For many years, trade associations like API courted foreign businesses to forge industry-wide lobbying coalitions. But because of a court decision in 1990 (Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce), trade associations could participate in elections only by spinning off regulated political action committees, subject to strict disclosure and contribution limits. The foreign leadership of trade associations had a clear firewall against interfering in American elections.
Justice John Roberts and the conservative court changed that. The court’s decisions in 2007 (in a case called Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC) and 2010 (Citizens United v. FEC) to deregulate soft money allowed trade associations to behave akin to campaign committees, funneling corporate cash to attack ad and electioneering efforts — except without the disclosure requirements. That cleared the way for a substantial loophole. A foreign national cannot administer a Super PAC or candidate committee, but they can run a trade association like API that can now run candidate ads or finance third party campaign efforts. The foreign corporate money given to a trade association, from a Saudi oil firm or a French chemical company, for example, can now find its way into an attack ad. The lobbyists and companies, and perhaps many of the politicians, know where the money for the ads is coming from — but the American people have no clue.
Editorial intern Nicholas Myers assisted with the research for this


Sue Heavenrich December 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Nothing sells a movie faster than someone trying to “ban” it…. just ask Mark Twain.


Joyce Hale December 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I am in awe of your research and the sustained focus you manage to keep. Many thanks for the hours I know this represents. Well done!


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