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Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA - Creating Shared Value

Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA - Creating Shared Value

June 29, 2013

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Each month Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA features a Community Matters show focusing on compelling and collaborative stories about making a difference in the communities where we live and work. Because our communities do matter. Once again, Cristin Tarr from Business Service Corps brings us fascinating guests to continue the conversation about social responsibility.

This month we talk with leaders in the Oil and gas industry. Our guests this week are Doug Hock, Director of Public and Community Relations for Encana Oil & Gas USA, Amy Venturi, Director of Social Investment, and Robin Olsen, External Relations – both of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, all together to discuss community giving and the benefits gained for both the company, and the community.

Many oil and gas companies are pleased to contribute to the communities they live and work in, but often their efforts are seen as disingenuous “Greenwashing” – perceived as smoke and mirror efforts to disguise the fact that they’re supposedly making boat loads of money and their altruistic efforts aren’t so much so.
It is an effort to balance giving in such cases. Encana, as an example tends to focus their efforts toward helping natural gas to work well. In Rifle, Colorado, Encana funded a grant to supply gas boilers for new library. They also support health and wellness efforts in the community and support education in the STEM fields, to encourage more careers in the energy industry.

In our first half hour, Doug Hock of Encana elaborates on the various projects the company gets involved in, from tuition programs, to grassroots efforts, and event small scale support. More importantly, he explains how giving helps their employees to be more engaged with their community and with their jobs.

The second half of the show features Amy Venturi and Robin Olsen of Anadarko who emphasize that their employees live in the communities where they work,

“We want these to be great places to live.”

They do that by focusing their contributions for each division of the company – to make sure that not only do the communites get what they need, but that the employees are engaged and involved. Anadarko focuses on the development and engagement of young professionals through volunteerism, providing enlightening leaders and speakers, and making them feel like a valuable part of the company. Listen to the entire Connect & Collaborate program to hear just how these programs are implemented, their overall effect to communities and employees.

Doing good in communities and for employees can be good for profits and society. Why not celebrate the successes and encourage more good?

To learn more about our show tune in Saturday at 10:00 AM on  KNUS 710– or download our podcast on the KNUS podcast page.

Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA -Creating Energy Leaders

Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA -Creating Energy Leaders

June 22, 2013

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) based in Golden, Colorado, does more than focus on answers to today’s energy challenges. They help others to focus on solutions as well.

On this week’s Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA Radio show, we discuss the NREL Executive Energy Leadership Academy which brings people together to be change agents for the energy industry, in their communities, municipalities and their own organizations. By educating the average business person about energy, they create change agents in every community.

Our guests are Martha Butwin, Senior International Trade Specialist the Denver US Export Assistance Center, Janice Rooney, of NREL, and two alums of the Energy Execs Program, Drew Torbin of ProLogis and Mark Dow, of Lockheed Martin.

There are two programs in NREL’s Executive Leadership Academy, the Executive Energy Leadership Program or the condensed version, Executive Energy Leadership Institute. Energy Execs is open to leaders in their community or organization or government leaders, and is not limited to professionals in the energy field.

The students study solutions, and implement a viable class project, either as an individual or as a team, where they are encouraged to think through how to solve problems and provide the framework to ask the right questions that lead to important answers.

The class also includes field trips to wind farms, and to Greensburg Kansas, a tornado devastated town that rebuilt and as a green energy town – where they can see impressive technology solutions at work.

You’ll want to tune in when the program airs to hear about the success one class project that provides solutions for delivering fuel to military bases which saves not just fuel, but the lives of our deployed military as well.

The application process begins in January, go to to get started.

To learn more about building your personal brand tune in Saturday at 10:00 AM on  KNUS 710– or download our podcast on the KNUS podcast page.
Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA - Straight Talk with an Energy Insider

Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA - Straight Talk with an Energy Insider

June 15, 2013

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Love it or hate it we all use the energy produced by the oil and gas industry. Very few of us are willing to give that up. That’s why it’s important to understand the perspectives of the energy industry in contrast to that of the government, pricing models and supply scales. 

John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company, Founder and CEO of the non-profit Citizens for Affordable Energy and author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider, talks with Jan Mazotti and Kelly de la Torre in this week’s Energy 101 segment.

Hofmeister says, the Energy Industry is a free market only to the point of consumer choice of which gas station they choose to fill up in – but beyond that, everything else that is done by the energy companies, is highly regulated and subject to the most stringent government regulations. 

While Government regulates everything that is done in the industry, “But government refuses, fails to, does not want to and will not, in our history so far, determine how we’re gioing to go forward in energy and they leave it up to the companies to come and wait to be told, “No.” and so the companies come and experiment, ( … ) the industry tries, pokes and probes at government to try and get permission and the government will go along with it up to a point where it says, “No.” If it doesn’t say no, then the industry can go ahead.” 

In the past century, American consumers benefited from having more energy in the supply chain than they needed. Now, Hofmeister blames political leadership for failing to deal with pricing issues from the oil cartel withholding production which raises the price artificially.

He also points to the intellectual war going on in our country over alternative energy versus traditional energy. “The reality is, we need both. Why can’t we all agree we need both?”

This is a call for politicians to be accountable to promote solutions rather than point at problems – in the end to benefit everyone.

These frustrations led Hofmeister to start the non-partisan organization, Citizens for Affordable Energy to promote grass roots education for all Americans to understand the issues we face and the future of energy. The non-profit is consumer oriented, funded only by consumers, and takes no contributions from energy producers. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Listen to the entire Connect & Collaborate program this Saturday at 10:00 AM on KNUS 710 – or download our podcast – you’ll find it at the top of this article. Please let us know what you think of our program, either by commenting here or on Facebook at Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA or join the discussion on Twitter @ICOSAMagazine

To learn more about our show tune in Saturday at 10:00 AM on KNUS 710 – or download our podcast.

Connect and Collaborate with ICOSA - Life Cycles of Oil and Gas

Connect and Collaborate with ICOSA - Life Cycles of Oil and Gas

June 8, 2013

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Oil and Gas production and then some.

Here at ICOSA – we encourage everyone to be careful about forming opinions without studying all sides of an issue. It’s particularly true when it comes to oil and gas production. There’s just so much to know, most of which many Americans don’t know – that if we only follow the latest headlines and fast talkers, we’re guaranteed to be misinformed.

That’s why Connect & Collaborate with ICOSA Radio brings you in-depth interviews with people in-the-know. This week Jan Mazotti and co-host Kelly de la Torre talk with Lisa Roy, Land Negotiator with Encana Oil & Gas, USA. They’ll discuss the life cycle of oil and gas production, from obtaining rights to the land, to fracking procedures, to the impact on careers in the industry.

In this episode of C&C, we walk through each step of the science and technology of releasing these natural resources.
Starting with Geology. It’s very important to study and identify the rock. At this point, in the United states, most conventional plays have already been found and exploited.  Now we turn to  the unconventional shales and horizontal drilling to go further.

Roy explains the special complications around land acquisition, and meeting the state and federal regulations that lead up to drilling. Today there are still some basins where where drilling down 250 feet will hit oil (as Kelly de la Torre says, “Jed Clampett-style.” ), but in other areas, shale rock is so tightly compacted that it’s necessary to fracture the rock to extract it.

This is nothing new. Fracking techniques have been employed since the 1950s. Of course Roy acknowledges concerns about fracking, and assures us that 99.5 percent of fracking solutions is comprised of water and sand. The water is recycled and reused when possible.

People are genuinely concerned about what other chemicals or solvents are used in the fracking process, some of which may have proprietary qualities that raise questions. Roy says most of them are household products like surfactant, which is essentially dish soap, which lubricates the rock to help break it apart.

Another is reminiscent of the goo or “slime” that was sold as a children’s toy not so long ago… Roy explains, “An engineer was playing with this stuff and he said, “You know, we borrowed this from another industry.”"  Kelly de la Torre asks, “From Mattel?”  “No, McDonald’s.” responds Roy, “They use it as a thickener in their milkshakes.”

This is a good example of the proprietary information that causes skepticism among many Americans, but is no different than the products they consume themselves.  When it comes to proprietary, trade secret concerns, it’s often a matter of simple industry rather than environmentally dangerous elements.

Considering the tight government regulations surrounding every aspect of production, it would be hard for oil and gas companies to get away with anything shady.

“We have to monitor the air, and monitor the water. And the department of wildlife, we have to be sure we’re not too close to bird’s nests or sage grouse or a million other things. There are regulations that we can’t drill during certain times of the year. When it comes right down to it, there are so many things, sometimes it’s hard to find a time to drill the well.” explains Lisa Roy.

If you really want to understand the demands and risks of drilling for natural resources, this interview touches on every aspect of the drilling process. You’ll want to listen to the entire Connect & Collaborate program this Saturday at 10:00 AM on KNUS 710 – or download our podcast – you’ll find it at the top of this article.

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