John Krohn, a former public relations spokesperson for Energy In Depth, a pro oil and gas drilling industry front group formed by the American Petroleum Institute and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), is now Communications Manager at the federal government Energy Information Administration (EIA). Mr. Krohn, long known for his work in aggressively defending the oil and gas industry over the practice of hydraulic fracking, has been at the EIA since at least January 2014 having left his role as writer and spokesperson for the Energy In Depth advocacy group. In June 2009, the current president and CEO of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, Barry Russell described Energy In Depth as, “a state of the art online resource center to combat new environmental regulations, especially with regard to hydraulic fracking”.
Mr. Krohn lists his involvement with Energy In Depth on his LinkedIn profile and maintains a personal web page at http://www.johndkrohn.com/?page_id=50 but makes no mention of his work for oil and gas industry public relations group on his personal site. Selected works listed on his web site as follows:
“U.S. energy industry fights back against ‘Promised Land.’ Good Morning America. This is a movie that drew fire months before it even hit the theatres but now that it is there, and has begun playing, parts of the energy industry are bringing the fight inside the theaters themselves. “The movie presents an oversimplification, it really doesn’t do justice to the full spectrum of benefits that we are seeing natural gas providing…” Krohn stated.
“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that individuals critical of shale development, nearly half of whom are pursuing lawsuits against companies developing shale, have self-reported symptoms they associate with that activity,” said John Krohn, spokesman for Energy in Depth.”
On April 11, 2013, The New York Post ran an opinion piece listed as being, “By Post Staff Report” which was authored by Krohn that was highly critical of New York State’s Gov. Cuomo over New York State’s current moratorium on hydraulic fracking in a piece titled, “Gov. Cuomo’s ugly message to biz”. Krohn stated, among other things, “If this weren’t such an important topic to New York’s economic success, this dossier of government franticness would be humorous.” http://nypost.com/2013/04/11/gov-cuomos-ugly-message-to-biz/
As a spokesperson for Energy In Depth in 2012, Mr. Krohn was highly critical of Bloomberg News in a piece he wrote titled, “Bloomberg News Follows the Wrong Fork in the Road”. In his posting, Krohn stated, “Bloomberg News takes the low road through small-town Pennsylvania by siding with the plaintiffs in a natural gas lawsuit, making major factual errors and choosing sensation over substance at almost every turn.” September 27, 2012 by John Krohn Washington, D.C. http://energyindepth.org/marcellus/bloomberg-news-follows-the-wrong-fork-in-the-road-2/
Commenting publically, in his new formal role as a spokesperson for the Energy Information Administration, on the agency’s latest release of its Annual Energy Outlook, which stated under a certain long range optimistic high production estimate scenarios the U.S. might be able an end to oil imports by 2037, Krohn told Bloomberg News, “This is the first time the Annual Energy Outlook has projected that net imports’ share of liquid fuels consumption could reach zero,”.http://www.worldoil.com/US-Energy-Agency-sees-oil-imports-falling-to-zero-by-2037.html
Founded in 1977 under the Carter Administration the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is a part of the U.S. Federal Statistical System “responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating energy information to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.” EIA analysis cover coal, petroleum, natural gas, electric, renewable and nuclear energy production and U.S. consumption. The EIA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Under federal Public Law 95-91 dated August 4, 1977, the EIA's reports are prepared independently of policy considerations. EIA is not allowed to formulate or advocate any policy conclusions. The Department of Energy Organization Act allows EIA's processes and products to be independent from review by Executive Branch officials; specifically, Section 205(d) says:
"The Administrator shall not be required to obtain the approval of any other officer or employee of the Department in connection with the collection or analysis of any information; nor shall the Administrator be required, prior to publication, to obtain the approval of any other officer or employee of the United States with respect to the substance of any statistical or forecasting technical reports which he has prepared in accordance with law."
Disclosure: The writer does not hold any U.S. securities involving oil and gas exploration companies. He is not a member of any environmental or anti-fracking group and is not being paid to write for any individuals or entities listed in this article.