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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Range Resources Uses Military “Psy-Ops” to Counter Pennsylvania Drilling Opponents

 BY   From http://stateimpact.npr.org 11-8-11

CNBC obtained tape of sev­eral gas drilling exec­u­tives encour­ag­ing mil­i­tary tac­tics to counter anti-drilling activists and con­trol the mes­sage in Penn­syl­va­nia. On one seg­ment, Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella says the com­pany has decided to become more involved in Penn­syl­va­nia communities.
“…we have sev­eral for­mer “psy-ops” folks that work for us here at Range because they’re very com­fort­able in deal­ing with local­ized issues and local gov­ern­ments,” said Pitzarella at an indus­try con­fer­ence held in Hous­ton last week.
On tape, Pitzarella is heard say­ing the mil­i­tary “psy-ops” spe­cial­ists mostly help write local ordi­nances. He says they devel­oped their tech­niques in the Mid­dle East.
Pitzarella tells State Impact Penn­syl­va­nia that his com­ments were taken out of con­text. He says the employee ref­er­enced has a mil­i­tary back­ground, and expe­ri­ence dis­cussing emo­tion­ally charged issues. Pitzarella says his main mes­sage to con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants stressed the impor­tance of dia­log and transparency.
Matt Carmichael, from Anadarko Petro­leum, referred to drilling oppo­nents as “insur­gents.” Read the full CNBC arti­cle here.

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