The goal of some oil and gas opposition groups is zero growth, zero consumption and getting the country off fossil fuels as soon as possible. That was the message a group of oil and gas industry panelists had for the audience at The Bakken Conference and Expo in mid-July.
The panelists were not just concerned about local groups, but about national movements that engineered the prolonged struggle over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in the heart of the Bakken.
The panel, which explored the aftermath of DAPL and the lessons learned, cited not just the on-camera melodrama and messaging from protestors but what oil and gas industry stakeholders need to do to ensure completion of nearly every project.
And that means looking well beyond the immediate surroundings, they said, because social media must be taken into account and opposition messaging often aims to tie oil and gas to the hot-button issue of climate change. It’s a method DAPL protestors used effectively.