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.
The Pentagon is threatening to scuttle what promises to be the world’s largest wind farm, in eastern Oregon, arguing that the giant turbines could interfere with an Air Force radar system.
Seventy-nine percent of Americans do not believe a large wind farm project is detrimental to their health and welfare, according to the 2009 US Saint Index survey of attitudes toward real estate development projects. The North American Windpower blog reports that slightly more than one in 10 adults, 11 percent, say a large wind project could diminish health and welfare. … Read More
Christopher Hopkins, Senior Vice President for the Saint Consulting Group will lead a seminar on “Running with Scissors, How to Avoid Self-Inflicted Wounds during the the Permitting Process” as part of the SME Webinar Series. Public support is not a spigot that can be turned off and on at a desired moment and time. Support for a project, especially a … Read More
By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Given the public nature and politics of planning, it’s useful to review some rules for developers on dealing with reporters. Here are a dozen worth remembering. 1. NEVER LIE. Never lie to a reporter. This doesn’t mean you can’t answer only precisely what you are asked, give less information than asked for, … Read More
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
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
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
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
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