Response to my fracking op ed in the Statesman

by TXsharon on August 16, 2012

in fracking's Joe Camel

Dear Readers,

I hope you are as entertained by this as I am.


Re: Aug. 12 commentary, “Why fracking is not as safe as you think.

It is one thing for a newspaper like the Statesman to print various viewpoints on important subjects of the day. This is, after all, what op-ed pages are for. It seems quite another thing for a newspaper to print the half-truths and outright falsehoods spread by well-known radical activists like Sharon Wilson without informing the readers of exactly who she is.

Wilson has, for those unaware, been a tool in North Texas for an anti-development group that calls itself “OGAP,” the Oil & Gas Accountability Project. To OGAP, the word “accountability” basically means that you don’t drill for oil or natural gas anywhere, anytime, because their clear goal is to shut down the single largest prosperity-driving industry in the state of Texas.

David Blackmon
Managing Director
Strategic Communications Group

I’m trying to boil Blackmon’s complaints down to the bone. If we wade through the ad hominem attacks, he does not dispute anything of substance despite his statement about “half-truths and outright falsehoods.” Okay, so what are they exactly? Maybe he forgot to address those because there aren’t any.

The other complaint seems to be that the Statesman did not tell people who I am. Only they did.

Quid pro quo

To quote Caterpiller in Alice in Wonderland: “Who are you?

Thanks to Frackorporation we can answer Caterpiller’s question about David Blackmon. See: Energy-in-Depth (EID): The “GAS”roots AND
Diagram: Energy-In-Depth: The “Dots”

David Blackmon
Date added:July 5, 2012
Submission Type:New Hire
Current employer:FTI Consulting, Inc.
Current title/position:Managing Director
Position level:Director
Previous Employer:El Paso Corp.
Previous title/position:Director of Government Affairs
Duties/responsibilities:David Blackmon has joined the Energy & Natural Resources team of FTI Consulting as a Managing Director in the firm’s Houston office. David brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy business, deep government and public affairs expertise, and diverse project management experience. David will also be the first member of FTI’s Strategic Communications team in the Houston office.

But Caterpiller asks again: “Who are you?

FTI consulting “DOT”.  FTI Consulting essentially runs EID.

David Blackmon
Managing Director

Tel: (I’m nicer than they are so I won’t list their phone number and email.)
David Blackmon is a managing director in the FTI Consulting Strategic Communications practice and is based in Houston.

Throughout his 33 year career in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Blackmon has led industry-wide efforts to develop and implement strategies to address key issues at the local, state and federal level.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting in 2012, Mr. Blackmon served for five years as Director of Government Affairs for EP Energy, LLC.

Prior to joining El Paso, Mr. Blackmon was Manager for Shell E&P North America’s internal and external communications.  Before Shell, he was at Burlington Resources for 18 years where he became their Senior Manager of Corporate Affairs. He has also had previous stops at companies like Tesoro Petroleum, Hughes Texas Petroleum Ltd, and Coastal States Oil and Gas Co.

Maybe Mr. Blackmon chats with Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy
Senior Managing Director

Since joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Kennedy has played a key role in developing comprehensive communications programs for clients such as Shell Oil Company, Halliburton, Range Resources and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Kennedy, Brian  Communications Director former Rep. Richard Pombo R-CA
Kennedy, Brian  Energy In Depth (EID)   Press Contact
Kennedy, Brian  FD Americas Public Affairs      Senior Managing Director    Senior Managing Director in FD Americas’ Public Affairs Practice and the Energy Sector Leader.
Kennedy, Brian  FTI Consulting  Senior Managing Director – Strategic Communications Senior Managing Director in FD Americas’ Public Affairs Practice and the Energy Sector Leader.
Kennedy, Brian  House Of Representatives        ex-House Committee on Natural Resources aides
Kennedy, Brian  Institute for Energy Research   Co-Founder – DC Office co-founder of the Washington, D.C. office of the Institute for Energy Research, a not-for-profit think tank.
Kennedy, Brian  Staff   John Boehner
Kennedy, Brian  former Rep. Richard Pombo R-CA  Communications Director

There’s more… It’s a sinkhole.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Dory August 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

“Of course it is,’ said the Duchess, who seemed ready to agree to everything
that Alice said; ‘there’s a large mustard-mine near here. And the moral
of that is– “The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Robert Finne August 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Did someone say tool? Here’s one now!!!


TXsharon August 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

The Tribune invited me to speak at that event then suddenly uninvited me. Wonder why?


Judy Muskauski August 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

WOW!!!!! This was a real eye opener and LOVE the info and links. You ladies make an unstoppable and extremely compatibal team~!!!


Robert Finne August 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

David Blackmon also occupies a seat on the board of the Consumer Energy Alliance. An AstroTurf group that shills for any oil or gas company that can afford the price of admission.

“According to, which obtained over 300 emails of personal messages between lobbyists and Canadian officials, the CEA is part of a sophisticated public affairs strategy designed to manipulate the U.S. political system by deluging the media with messaging favorable to the tar-sands industry; to persuade key state and federal legislators to act in the extractive industries’ favor; and to defeat any attempt to regulate the carbon emissions emanating from gasoline and diesel used by U.S. vehicles.”


Alma Hasse August 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Sharon, can you provide a link to your Op-Ed, I’d LOVE to read it! Love the link Robert!



TXsharon August 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

See link above: Why fracking is not as safe as you think.


DEB August 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I get it! It’s do as I say and not as I do.

I don’t see you hiding behind any curtains, but “OOPSIES”, Mr. Blackmon sure doesn’t disclose his ties.

Shame, shame, shame on him.


Dory August 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Let’s play some more CONNECT THE DOTS :)

Consumer Energy Alliance
HBW Resources
Energy Industry Front Group
The CEA was created in the late 2000s by Michael Whatley, a founding partner of a Washington, D.C.-based Republican lobbying group HBW Resources that has close ties to the Alberta, Canada tar sands industry

Secure Our Fuels
Consumer Energy Alliance
Energy Industry Front Group

Secure Our Fuels
Dittus Communications
Domain Owner

*****>>>>>Dittus Communications is owned by FTI Consulting….. <<<<<*****

Whatley, Michael
Consumer Energy Alliance
Executive Vice President

Whatley, Michael
Secure Our Fuels
Policy Contact

Whatley, Michael
Michael Whatley is Executive Vice President of the Consumer Energy Alliance. Previously, Mr. Whatley served as the Chief of Staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole; Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change and Nuclear Safety of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of Energy, and Counsel to the Senate Republican Conference. Mr. Whatley also served as a Senior Policy Coordinator and Counsel to the Bush-Cheney campaign and transition teams. Prior to his public service in Washington, Mr. Whatley served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Potter, Senior United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. He holds a JD and Masters Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters Degree in Religion from Wake Forest University and a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


TXsharon August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

This sinkhole is deeper than we thought. I think it goes straight to hell.


Dory August 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

deeper than hell, actually…. and more tangled… imagine taking 30 kittys, get them high on catnip, toss them into a yarn shop overnight. In the morning, start trying to untangle the yarn and you’ll have an idea how “connected” – and this is just a tiny part, because there is also the Wall Street connections via loans and investments etc.


TXsharon August 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I have a new book: Big Oil & Their Bankers… It’s not a new book and I bought it for a specific purpose but still it is interesting.


Anonymous August 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

From what I know this dude Blackmon is a bad dude indeed. After all, he was trained in one of the industry’s best cess pools, Burlington, now owned by COP.


TXsharon August 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I can no longer distinguish between one cess pool and another. They all seem to flow together.


luc August 17, 2012 at 3:35 am

U.S. oil production dropped in the 90s and the U.S. created 23 million new jobs at the same time.

Associated Press “Seasonally adjusted U.S. oil production dropped steadily from February 1986 until three years ago. But starting in March 1986, inflation-adjusted gas prices fell below the $2-a-gallon mark and stayed there for most of the rest of the 1980s and 1990s.”


TXsharon August 17, 2012 at 5:14 am

Wow! We can create jobs and not destroy the environment. Great news!


Chip Northrup August 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

Ha ha “luc” = let’s use computers – to create robo responses . . .

Jobs for shalebacks shooting seismic

And letters from fracking shills . . . .posing as real people


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