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Pipeline Activism Expected to Rise Significantly

What on earth do “Water Protectors”, “Doxxing”, or “Valve Turners” have in common?  These arcane terms describe different tactics used within the murky world of pipeline activism and protest.  Pipeline protests – a familiar headache in the oil and gas industry – had been in a kind of remission until last July when Dakota Access, a subsidiary of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, received permit approval by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to begin […]


Security Threats in Times of Uncertainty

Not so long ago the world and the United States’ role in it were relatively stable.  The US was the unquestionable economic and military leader.  The economy was beginning to come out of recession.  Life was pretty good.   Times have changed.  On the international stage, China’s increasingly overt aggression in the Asian-Pacific region and Russia’s expansion into Ukraine, saber-rattling in Eastern Europe and very muscular moves in Syria represent serious challenges.  Iran has a […]


In Emergency Preparedness, Timing is Everything

Closing and locking the barn door does not make very much sense if the horses have already bolted.  That bit of farm-life wisdom illustrates our point for today – the importance of timing when developing emergency safety and security plans. The operative word when it comes to emergency preparations is…“emergency.”  Whether one calls it a crisis, a contingency, or just Plan B – the point is this:  time becomes a precious commodity in the midst […]


Asking “Why” First

The recent article “Defining the threat in the energy sector,” (CSO Online, 12 April 2016) makes an excellent point about the analysis of threat, that we at Butchko have hammered on for as long as we can remember.  Threat must to be relevant, or it is not a threat.  How do you determine relevancy?  Simple:  ASK WHY.  As the article notes, “understanding the reason for the threat allows us to make near-future predictions about the […]