Saint Model Outcomes – actions speak louder than words in land use politics

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These seven case studies come from a variety of projects managed by The Saint Consulting Group, where we identified latent support to champion a project, or created a counter-voice to balance opposition groups that had dominated the planning process. Some used video petitions and canvassing to generate community advocacy. All persuaded elected officials it was in their electoral interest to listen to wider voter sentiment, not just the vocal NIMBY minority.

New California law gives green light to projects that lower carbon emissions

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California—the state that invented freeways and suburban sprawl—has become a trendsetter again, with a new law that rewards community plans that reduce car use and greenhouse gas emissions in our new age of global climate change, writes Charles Lockwood in the Jetson Green blog. In October 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, which was supported by environmentalists, … Read More

Chris Hopkins Leads Permitting Seminar at AE&M Expo, Dec 1-5

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Christopher Hopkins will lead a seminar on  “Running with Scissors, How to Avoid Self-Inflicted Wounds during the the Permitting Process’, at the American Exploration and Mining Association (formerly Northwest Mining Association) Exposition in Reno, NV in December. Chris, who is senior vice president of aggregates and mining for the Saint Consulting Group, will run the course as part of the … Read More

Getting People To Say “Yes” to Energy Projects: Guide to Land Use Politics

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group Most Americans oppose development – it changes the community and can threaten property values. And your neighbors now know, after years of fighting big box retailers, waste treatment plants, new housing projects and shale siting permits that they can say “no” to developers and city hall. Nearly four out of five Americans consider … Read More

To Coal Critics: “God help you when the people find out. And they always do.”

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group On this first day of spring you can now take time to reflect on the winter past, the endless snow storms, the “polar vortex” that drove temperatures plunging, the “wind chill factor” that we all now generally understand. This winter was so cold that Chicago set a record for days of below zero … Read More

Oil & Gas Financial Journal: Saint on Land Use Politics and Pipelines

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The Oil & Gas Financial Journal has published a feature by Travis Sexton of Saint Consulting on politics and the oil industry: how to build community support for pipelines and hydraulic fracturing. The 2,000-word feature, in the journal’s 10th anniversary edition, includes discussion of the advocacy pyramid, Saint Consulting’s approach to building vocal advocacy in the community for developers facing … Read More

Anti-fracking study discredited by Colorado health department

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The public opinion battle over hydraulic fracturing – also called fracking – has escalated with Colorado state public health officials discrediting a popular anti-fracking study that claims this method of gas and oil extraction can cause cancer and birth defects. Dr. Lawrence Wolk, the chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, took issue with researchers at … Read More

Fear and Politics Sideline Va. Uranium Mine, Set Back Energy Independence

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group Fear and politics can be a lethal combination, especially for a controversial energy proposal. But ultimately that is what sidelined the proposed uranium mine in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. 200 acres of a 1,000 acre family farm, a farm that has been in the Cole family since before the Revolutionary War, a former tobacco … Read More

Powell Shale Digest Runs Saint Post on Building Support for Fracking

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The Powell Shale Digest has published as a guest column an article by The Saint Consulting Group’s Travis Sexton on organizing an approach to building community support for fracking. The article, which appears on pages 14-17 in the January newsletter of the shale industry publication, was first published in The Saint Report last month by Travis, who is vice president, … Read More

Fracking Fights Taken To The Local Level

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By Travis Sexton, The Saint Consulting Group The latest trend by environmentalists and NIMBYs in the West is to seek fracking bans at the local level because they are losing battles at the state level. This should be a concern to energy companies, as the new strategy seems to be working. Colorado is at the forefront of the fracking battle … Read More