Our experts have helped ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), a multinational energy company, manage issue and crisis communications for a number of years on a variety of controversial public affairs matters involving liquefied natural gas (LNG)-related issues, such as assistance in assuaging political and community jitters over its plans to import LNG from the country of Yemen and defending against its importation of LNG shipments in Boston Harbor following the 9/11 attacks.
When the company began importing liquefied natural gas through Boston Harbor, we moved aggressively to communicate with elected and public safety officials and secure third-party support for the importance and safety of the shipments. The team also acted swiftly to engage media outlets, working with reporters and editorial writers to ensure that stories were balanced. We also designed a carefully orchestrated public relations campaign around the company’s effort to secure approval of a new LNG terminal off the coast of Massachusetts.
Ultimately the Boston Harbor, LNG shipments were approved and our crisis work on behalf of the company ultimately became the basis for a protracted community relations and public education effort on the safety of LNG, our client’s reputation as a good neighbor and the economic importance of the LNG terminal to the entire country. We continue to work with ENGIE on issues related to its Everett LNG terminal and other US operations.