Gary Severson (email@example.com) is a senior associate of corporate and government collaboration and education programs at the JKA Group. He conducts issue management training and community assessment consultation for natural resource companies and federal agencies nationally and internationally for the JKA Group. The JKA Group's credentials can be viewed at www.jkagroup.com.
Public relations: Managing NIMBY issues before they manage you
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Natural Gas & Electricity
Special Issue: Special Section: Community Relations Strategies to Combat NIMBY
Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 18–22, December 2012
How to Cite
Severson, G. (2012), Public relations: Managing NIMBY issues before they manage you. Nat. Gas Elec., 29: 18–22. doi: 10.1002/gas.21653
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
Those who are responsible for siting and permitting site-specific or linear facilities are well aware that in today's environment of regulatory requirements, polarized politics, and litigation, citizen opposition to proposed projects can be daunting. Determined citizens have successful track records of delaying projects, driving up project costs, and blocking projects that are technically sound and necessary. To relegate the causes of citizen opposition to a few selfish people who do not want the project in their backyards is to miss the crux of grassroots citizen activism.