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MICHAEL P. BENARD
Speaker, Writer, Coach on Communications Issues
Blogger on Property Rights & Energy Industry
Former Director, Communications and Public Affairs, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company
September 27, 2013 Spectra Energy Betrays Community; Latest: 431.5 Thousand Cubic Feet of Nat Gas in Uncontrolled Release From Spectra Energy Facility – After 6 Months Company Still Refuses to Publicly Disclose Amount & WhySource: Mike Benard
Slick words from a Spectra Energy executive who publicly touts the company’s “continual communication and …. Discussion with stakeholders to address their issues and concerns.” By stakeholders, the company means landowners...
July 5, 2013 Voices from the Shale - Control Risks? API targets New York State with Multimedia Campaign to Push FrackingSource: Mike Benard, featured commentator
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is sponsoring a multimedia campaign focused on New York State that recycles an old and discredited message: “… there’s never been a single case of groundwater contamination from hydraulic...
April 5, 2013 Spectra Energy ?Backtracks?
DESCRIPTION:By Mike Benard?Spectra Energy ?Backtracks? on Methane IncidentFirst: ?Nothing Released ?. No Smoke ?. No Incident?Then Admits:? Methane & Hydrocarbons Released?Investor Group Wants Report on Fugitive Methane...
April 1, 2013 Spectra Energy Retreats on Methane IncidentSource: Mike Benard, featured commentator
Spectra Energy Corporation (NYSE:SE) was forced to backtrack on dismissive assertions it made about a nighttime incident at its huge natural gas compressor station in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, after persistent neighbors and a...
February 28, 2013 Compulsory Integration – Legal Challenge Coming; Investigative Work by William Fischer; Attorneys to File Suit if New York Government Issues Permits for Horizontal Hydraulic FracturingSource: Mike Benard
New York State’s compulsory integration law – written by the gas industry and passed with no public hearing – is fast approaching a serious legal challenge.
February 1, 2013 NY Farm Bureau Supports ‘Safe & Responsible’ Drilling But Opposes Unequal Treatment by Compulsory Integration LawSource: Mike Benard
While the New York Farm Bureau supports “safe and responsible development of natural gas in a manner that protects our land and water,”1 it is challenging several aspects of New York State’s compulsory integration law.
October 19, 2012 Myth of “Free Ride” for Landowners Forced into Drilling Units; Compulsory Integration Supporters vs. OpponentsSource: Mike Benard
New York State’s 2005 compulsory integration law was written by the oil and gas industry and passed unanimously with no public hearings, according to Attorney Chris Denton, an oil and gas lease attorney in New York State. ...
October 2, 2012 Voices from the Shale: Eminent Domain as Compulsory Integration: Property Owners Treated Differently – Face $$$ Penalties When Forced into Drilling UnitSource: Mike Benard, featured commentator
The shale gas/oil “gold rush” in the U.S. brings with it the power to take surface and/or subsurface property rights from private citizens – by several means. Today, the United States is effectively approaching the status of many...
August 22, 2012 Voices from the Shale - Cynical Social Responsibility (CSR):In Search of Transparency in the Energy Industry...Is Spectra Energy a Benchmark?Source: Mike Benard, featured commentator
When the energy industry touts its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), an acquaintance says this really translates to Cynical Social Responsibility as a more accurate reflection of industry behavior.
July 11, 2012 Cuomo Legacy Comes Full Circle in NY StateSource: Mike Benard , featured commentator
Is the Cuomo legacy coming full circle – like father, like son? Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo suggests that the “southern tier” of New York State, along the border of Pennsylvania, is a good place to initiate high-volume...
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