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 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
From natural gas development to compressor stations or pipelines, I see opposition intensity levels rising. There may be fewer people joining the fight, but those involved are the most active and in many cases the most sophisticated.
Join Jay Vincent for a free lunch-hour webinar on Tuesday, January 17 at 12 noon CST for a discussion on the Advocacy Pyramid and how one builds vocal advocacy for your projects in your community. The Advocacy Pyramid is one of the positive lessons we have learned in land use politics as a campaign approach to identify and rally latent support to overcome the established opponents.
Seventy-nine percent of Americans in a recent poll say they don’t want new development in their local areas — a potentially bleak finding for transmission and renewable energy projects — but 70 percent also said they would prefer wind over any other form of energy project, according to a new survey by Boston-based Saint Consulting Group, which tracks the politics of land use and advises developers.
Local communities may still be able to halt drilling in the Marcellus Shale in upper New York State despite a new ruling that allows extraction of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, land use attorneys say.
The pendulum is swinging now towards local control with more and more media reports showing creative ways municipalities are blocking the energy industry from permitting.
By Jay Vincent Senior Vice President for Energy The Saint Consulting Group New poll results illustrate changing attitudes towards nuclear power in the United States. A total of 74 percent of Americans surveyed said they support nuclear energy and a similar majority of 70 percent said the U.S. should be building more nuclear power plants. Among people residing within a … Read More
Land agents serve a vital role for the energy industry to assemble the project footprint necessary to generate and produce the electricity and fuel we need to continually be powered up.
When it comes to the politics of land use decisions, it’s comforting when energy industry leaders like John Procario of American Transmission Company really get it, writes Ben Kelahan, Saint Consulting Group’s senior vice president for energy.