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Industry Opposition Has Shifted From Community Stakeholders To Ideologues

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By Darren Barbee, Hart Energy
October 11, 2012

In the years prior to 2009, opponents of oil and natural gas companies were mostly local people irked by the sudden clamor of noise, lots of dust, big trucks and unfamiliar faces. But things have changed.

Since 2009, ideological groups -- not local residents -- have grown to dominate opposition to oil and gas companies by using disputed information to drum up conflict, said David Blackmon, managing director of FTI Consulting in Houston and an industry advocate. He spoke at the IPPA/Tipro Leaders in Industry luncheon in Houston on Oct. 10.

“Their ...

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