The Goodman Group, Ltd. (TGG) is a consulting firm specializing in:
Since 1989, TGG has consulted and conducted economic research across a broad range of issues. Our North American-wide client base includes energy sector companies, regulators, government, customer groups, and environmental and indigenous groups. The common thread in TGG's consulting practice is the application of economic principles to provide studies, policy assessments, expert evidence, intervenor and litigation support for our various clients.
Since 2011, TGG's practice has focused on oil supply and transportation (notably Canadian tar sands, shale, pipelines and rail). We have provided economic reports and expert testimony on the most controversial oil projects in North America, including TransCanada's Keystone XL and Energy East, Enbridge's Line 9 and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
NEWS - January 21, 2016 – Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the city’s formal opposition to the Energy East pipeline project, concluding that potential benefits for the city (and Quebec) are negligible while costs could be catastrophic (with worst-case spill costs ranging from $1 to $10 billion). Coderre’s decision was based on a report (Rapport de consultation publique de la Commission de l’environnement Projet Oléduc Énergie Est TransCanada), derived from extensive public consultations, which recommended that Montreal oppose the Energy East. TGG’s 2014 Report on the Economics of Transporting and Processing Tar Sands Crudes in Quebec (prepared by Brigid Rowan and Ian Goodman) is cited several times in the Montreal report to demonstrate the poor economics of this project. Our recommendations and conclusions regarding Energy East are consistent with those of the Montreal report and Mayor Coderre’s announcement. TGG is pleased that our high quality technical analysis was used by Montreal in a way that was effective and influential for media and decisionmakers.
November 6, 2015 - After a long and divisive public debate, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, concluding that KXL would not be a major job creator. The seven-year approval process was characterized with significant misunderstanding and misinformation concerning KXL’s impacts on both the environment and the economy, and particularly on US employment. In 2011, TGG released Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL, co-authored with Cornell University. TGG provided the economic analysis to show that TransCanada had greatly exaggerated the employment impacts of KXL. TGG’s conclusions in this highly influential and widely publicized study were used to demonstrate to the US media and to the Obama Administration that KXL would not be a major job creator for the US, nor would it have any substantial impact on US unemployment.
In 2013, TGG released Comments on the State Department’s Market Analysis for KXL on behalf of Sierra Club, NRDC and a coalition of environmental groups.TGG concluded unequivocally that the State Department’s Market Analysis substantially underestimated the impact that a rejection of KXL would have on tar sands production and expansion. The TGG Report evaluated market conditions (emerging crude markets, factors driving tar sands expansion, availability and cost of crude transportation, and tar sands breakeven costs). Based on this evaluation, TGG concluded that (a) the State Department’s Market Analysis was deeply flawed and not a sound basis for decision-making; and (b) KXL would have a significant impact on tar sands expansion under a very broad range of conditions. In light of the recent US energy boom followed by a crash in crude prices, this report is standing up well over a period of intense market shifts.
Over the years, TGG has often been asked to comment on the economic impacts of KXL in major media. In November 2014, Ian Goodman appeared on NBC NewsNation with Tamron Hall, and in November 2015, he was quoted in Bloomberg News’ announcement of the President’s rejection of the project. Since 2011, TGG has successfully distilled and presented our economic analyses of KXL for media and decisionmakers. The President’s justification of the rejection of KXL is highly consistent with the conclusions of our studies. TGG is gratified to have been active and effective in providing influential, sound and objective economic analysis on this very controversial and high profile issue.
November 4, 2015 - TGG released an expert report evaluating the economic impact study (PennEast Pipeline Project Economic Impact Analysis) prepared for the PennEast Pipeline Company. The PennEast Analysis, co-authored by Econsult Solutions, Inc. and Drexel University School of Economics, claims that the 114-mile pipeline project to transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey would have considerable economic benefits in both states. TGG co-authors Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan demonstrate that the PennEast Analysis significantly overstates the Total Jobs from designing and building the pipeline. Specifically, TGG concludes that the PennEast Analysis has overstated these Total Jobs by approximately two thirds or more.
The TGG study, entitled Expert Report on the PennEast Pipeline Project Economic Impact Analysis for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was commissioned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.
Full Expert Report
March 16, 2015 - Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan of TGG provided Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Analysis of Oil and Gas Well Stimulation Treatments in California on behalf of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). TGG's Comments concluded that the DEIR is flawed in multiple ways in regard to air quality: the DEIR understates adverse air quality impacts for no restrictions on well stimulation and overstates adverse impacts for the restrictive scenarios considered. TGG's comments were filed as an attachment to Comments filed by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Sierra Club, Los Angeles Waterkeeper on the Department of Conservation’s, through its Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Well Stimulation in California (the Project) prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Goodman and Rowan's conclusions support those of NRDC et al: that well stimulation will result in significant environmental impacts that have not been disclosed or mitigated in the DEIR.
February 4, 2015 - TGG has re-released the Economic Costs and Benefits of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) for BC and Metro Vancouver. The report was originally published in November 2014, in collaboration with Simon Fraser University's Centre for Public Policy. Co-authors Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan of TGG refute Kinder Morgan's claims regarding the positive economic development benefits of its controversial pipeline project. TGG shows that the benefits of the pipeline are very small and have been significantly overstated by Kinder Morgan, whereas the worst-case costs of a catastrophic spill are very large and have been vastly understated.
June 2, 2014 - TGG, in collaboration with Équiterre and Greenpeace Canada, has released a report that refutes the oil industry's claims regarding the economic benefits for Quebec of moving and refining tar sands crudes. The report, entitled "Economics of Transporting and Processing Tar Sands Crudes in Quebec," demonstrates that the benefits for Quebec would be insignificant while the costs and risks are very high. A major accident could be catastrophic with damages in the billions and loss of human life. Report on the Economics of Transporting and Processing Tar Sands Crudes in Quebec
October 2013 - Ian Goodman and Brigid Rowan of TGG recently filed expert testimony at Canada's National Energy Board on the relative economic costs and benefits of Enbridge's Line 9B Reversal and Line 9 Capacity Expansion Project:
April 2013 - TGG's Report evaluating the Keystone XL Draft Supplemental EIS Market Analysis was released on April 22, 2013, and filed as an attachment to the Comments jointly submitted by the Sierra Club, NRDC, and 14 other environmental and public interest organizations:
Report Evaluating the Adequacy of the KXL DSEIS Market Analysis
January 2012 - TGG and the Cornell Global Labor Institute co-authored an influential study of Keystone XL pipeline job impacts:
Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL
See also TGG/Cornell Study in the media