In my world, this is a clear conflict of interest.
Power UTA: An Industry Leading the Way event, promoting natural gas awareness.
The event will be on the UTA campus in the UC Red River Room. There will be a panel of guest speakers from the industry to educate the audience on the benefits of natural gas. Most of those speakers are the usual suspects: Laura Patton with CHK, Rusty Ward with Carrizo, Ed Ireland with BSEEC, Lynn Lyon with Pioneer.
And one of those speakers is:
Name: Collin Gregory
Title: Gas Well Coordinator
City of Arlington, Texas Community Development and Planning
Guest Speaker Points: The safety and production of North Texas natural gas.
Regulators should not be engaged in industry boosterism. Maybe this explains why so many Arlington residents have started to complain about gas drilling activities.
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FM WatchDog says
“Industry of the Future”…..I thought it was a “bridge fuel”.
Industry please, try to pick non-conflicting slogans. It makes it look like the PR department is loaded with interns.
No wonder things are as bad as they in Arlington. Another industry ‘lapdog’ on the city payroll and we as taxpayers pay his salary!!!! Disgusting!!!!
The City of Arlington should have fired him back in August when he did nothing to stop Chesapeake from illegally hauling water from Arlington into Grand Prairie during their moratorium during the drought.
Yes, they sure should have.
I think I’ll pass on this bunch of PR BS. Sounds like it was something that was dreamed up in Booger County! ha.
Tim Ruggiero says
Love to go, but I have schedule conflict-I’m having a root canal done without Novocaine.
I wished for a root canal after attending but I can say it was a total P.R. flop. 20 students in the audience, no media coverage.
Brown Bess says
It’s all about the marketing. From the UTA press center (http://www.uta.edu/news/in-the-news/2012/04/05.php): “Marketing agency springs from class project. A University of Texas at Arlington public relations class has been chosen to participate in this spring’s America’s Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge, according to The Fort Worth Business Press. The class was chosen after creating a working marketing agency known as 360 Local. The project will have 360 Local research, implement and evaluate an integrated marketing campaign aimed at educating the campus and local community about the benefits of natural gas as an energy source.”
ANGA in our schools.
Brown Bess says
It Gets Better…..From the Ft. Worth Business Press (http://www.fwbusinesspress.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=34&ArticleID=18392):
3/30/2012 3:27:00 PM
UTA class tackles spring energy challenge
A. Lee Graham
A University of Texas at Arlington public relations class has been chosen to participate in this spring’s America’s Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge.
The class was chosen after creating a working marketing agency known as 360 Local. The in-class project was conceived in Thomas Christie’s public relations campaigns class.
“Creating awareness on campus about the benefits of natural gas production will help students see that they are direct beneficiaries,” said Mindia Whittier, a public relations professor at the school and former lead account executive for a natural gas drilling company, according to a UT-Arlington news release that did not name the company.
The project will have 360 Local research, implement and evaluate an integrated marketing campaign aimed at educating the campus and local community about the benefits of natural gas as an energy source.
UT-Arlington and other participating campuses will compete for the chance to present their ideas to industry leaders from America’s Natural Gas Alliance, which promotes the economic, environmental and national security benefits of greater use of domestic natural gas.
As part of the challenge, students will create and implement a marketing campaign for a client using research surveys and other tools to learn more about the alliance’s target audience. At the end of the spring semester, students are expected to measure their success through follow-up research and give a presentation to the client summarizing their campaign and results.
More information about UT-Arlington’s part in the energy challenge is available by contacting Chloe Jamerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brown Bess, the google says Senior Account Executive, 2007-2008
Clients: Chesapeake Energy and Fort Worth Transportation Authority
All the Google docs linked to in the post are gone!??
Sandra DenBraber says
Rusty Ward was a VP at UTA so it is no supprise since UTA is holding this meeting. UTA will do anything for the MONEY just like a prostitute will. They NEVER let our neighborhood just 300 feet to the east know that they were planning to drill until the landmen started coming around. Carrizo is even worse.
Do not TRUST! Do not Believe! They almost killed me.