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.
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.
To quote Caterpiller in Alice in Wonderland: “Who are you?”
Date added:July 5, 2012
Submission Type:New Hire
Current employer:FTI Consulting, Inc.
Current title/position:Managing 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.
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
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 http://www.nationaljournal.
Kennedy, Brian Energy In Depth (EID) Press Contact http://www.sourcewatch.org/
Kennedy, Brian FD Americas Public Affairs Senior Managing Director http://www.fd.com/en/homepage/
Kennedy, Brian FTI Consulting Senior Managing Director – Strategic Communications http://www.fticonsulting-fr.
Kennedy, Brian House Of Representatives ex-House Committee on Natural Resources aides http://www.sourcewatch.org/
Kennedy, Brian Institute for Energy Research Co-Founder – DC Office http://www.fticonsulting-fr.
Kennedy, Brian Staff John Boehner http://www.nationaljournal.
Kennedy, Brian former Rep. Richard Pombo R-CA Communications Director http://www.nationaljournal.