The Unconstitutional CELDF “Community Bill of Rights”

PIOGAPennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA)
Republished (with permission) from January Newsletter

PIOGA does a thorough examination of the law and the serious municipal risks associated with CELDF drafted “community bill of rights” ordinances.

News reports from across the country and publicity from interested organizations about litigation involving so-called “community bill of rights” ordinances have become more commonplace in recent months. These ordinances seek to ban, among other activities, lawful oil and gas operations. These efforts are bringing the significant legal, economic, and political issues to the attention of the public outside the municipalities involved—something both proponents and opponents of these ordinances want, but for different reasons.

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New York State Corruption: A Conversation

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R

Vic Furman’s had an imaginary conversation with some of our Founding Fathers about the tyranny that is modern New York and the costs of New York State corruption.

I had one of those weird dreams this week. I dreamed I had a television program called “Table Talk” and had the opportunity to sit down with some of our founding fathers and a character named “Andrew Dice Cuomo.” We were all together to discuss the state of my state – New York State – and something that has been deeply troubling me, namely the ever deepening New York State corruption that threatens to swallow whole the people of this beautiful state I call home.

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Hundreds of Thousands of Deicing Chemicals? Say It Isn’t So!

deicing chemicals - frackingTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

When winter storms threaten urban areas fair-weather fractivists turn off their concerns about chemicals to use “hundreds of thousands of deicing chemicals.”

A supporter sent me this screen shot of a news blast from New York about the Port Authority’s plan’s to protect the safety of the traveling public in the midst of the winter storm now hitting the Northeast:

deicing chemicals

The story itself can be watched here, but what caught my eye was that bullet point about “hundreds of thousands of deicing chemicals.” Surely the reporter meant hundreds of thousands of pounds, not chemicals, but the point remains; no one is adverse to the use of chemicals that will ensure their traveling safety. Mention chemicals in any other context, though, and environmental radicals and fractivists go apoplectic.

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State Impact Peddles the Common Cause Con

Common Cause - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

Common Cause is a partisan anti-fracking organization and its recent comments on Pat Henderson’s hiring by the MSC and State Impact’s citing of those comments reveals a special interest agenda on the part of both Common Cause and State Impact. 

A new hit piece from the drive-by fractivist propagandists known as PBS State Impact Pennsylvania. Patrick Henderson, formerly PA Gov. Tom Corbett’s Energy Executive, has had the unmitigated gall to land on his feet in a new job – now gainfully employed by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) as its Director of Regulatory Affairs.

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Did Sheldon Silver Influence NY Home Rule Decision?

Sheldon Silver - frackingTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The corruption Preet Bharara has uncovered around Sheldon Silver may be just the beginning. He should also be looking at how fracking decisions were made.

Our readers continue to help reveal the corruption that undergirds New York’s anti-fracking decisions. Last week it was Sheldon Silver’s connection to Weitz & Luxenberg, the trial lawyers who, following their own short-lived but hot pursuit of fracking cases, decided to helped finance the 9/11 lawsuits by Napoli & Bern, the firm that also represented the Dimock plaintiffs. If that wasn’t slimy enough, we now learn, courtesy of another reader, that the Chief Justice of the New York State Court of Appeals, Jonathan Lippman, the guy likely most responsible for that court’s wacky home rule decision is a long-time bosom buddy of Sheldon Silver who got his job courtesy of the just-arrested Assembly Speaker.

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