Fractivists Fail to Learn the Stupid Friends Rule

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


Fractivists in the UK have learned a life lesson in an appalling display of hypocrisy by one of their own, revealed in a fascinating turn of events.

One of my best friends told me something long ago that resonated the moment I heard it; it’s seldom your enemies that get you into trouble, but, rather, your stupid friends. It’s an axiom in business and politics and one that’s never learned very well because, well, we all like our friends and are inclined to believe them more often than we should, especially when they’re telling us what we want to hear. Such is the case with fractivists in the UK who’ve just learned one of their hero’s was seeking a fracking job while attacking fracking.

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Climate, Coal, China and Change

Gas Drilling Impacts - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs


These are truly wondrous times for the climate and the world gas industry. We’re seeing fundamental shifts in the entire energy field as coal is dying before our eyes. That is if we choose to look, something natural gas opponents in Europe are still much in denial about.  

Dieter Helm says we don’t have a 2C temperature change problem, we have a 5C issue. Climate Change via Carbon from Coal in China. We are replacing coal in China with the same prescription that works in the United States: efficiency, renewables and low cost natural gas.

Some will choose to ignore the role of gas at the same time they celebrate the “victory” of renewables.  Others will pretend we have to choose from a menu, instead of the prescription. It’s much like a course of penicillin: failure to take the whole medicine may make you feel good immediately but won’t prevent a recurrence of future problems.

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The CHEJ Dinosaur and Its Funders

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


A group known as the Center for Health, Environment & Justice or CHEJ is sucking up gentry class money to train new fractivists and parade an inflatable dinosaur around.

We continue to marvel at the zero credibility of shale gas opponents. They are, for the most part, little more than a group of fanatics, hustlers and other malcontents. They are, as such, the perfect useful idiots for exploitation by wealthy special interests who encourage and finance their antics. Consider a group known as the Center for Health, Environment & Justice or CHEJ, which keeps itself busy using gentry class foundation money to train new fractivists and parade a 15 feet high inflatable dinosaur around.

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Obi-Wan Quigley: These are Not the TAB Droids You’re Looking For

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


Obi-Wan Quigley feels as though he is being attacked. With all his double talk, no wonder why he remains in the hot seat! 

Pennsylvania’s Acting Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary, John Quigley, continues to come under fire from PA Republican legislators over his (so far) less-than-transparent operation of the department–especially over firing the former Oil & Gas Technical Advisory Board members and replacing them with his own people, including so-called “non-voting” members (see Why did PA DEP Acting Sec Quigley Mass Fire Gas Advisory Board?).

Since he’s losing the PR battle on that front, he’s changed tactics, referring to the TAB almost as window dressing…no big deal…they don’t even have any authority or power to really do anything…nothing to see here, these are not the droids you’re looking for, move along…

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Natural Gas Q&A – Part 1

Bourbon and natural gas - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


Cabot’s Bill desRosiers begins a series of natural gas Q&A posts growing out an energy careers day program in which the industry recently participated.

Questions raised by ordinary citizens about natural gas provide an excellent opportunity for some natural gas Q&A. The following questions arose during a recent Careers in Energy program at Valley View High School by a student who has an interest in responsible energy development but with some legitimate concerns about natural gas. I thought my answers might be useful to others with similar concerns. Therefore, I am restating his questions and my answers below and in subsequent posts.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Enables the Growth of Renewable Energy

Methane Gas MigrationSullivan County Energy Group
Sullivan County, Pennsylvania



Hydraulic fracturing has enabled renewable energy growth and a marriage of the two sources is delivering a major beneficial energy switch right now.

This is another article by the Energy Group. The group consists of several Sullivan County, Pa. residents who completed a 10 week course conducted by Penn State University in the Marcellus Community Science Volunteer Program. The Energy Group mission is to provide factual unbiased information as a public service on various energy topics. It is hoped it will stimulate cordial discussions without being contentious. Our subject for this post is the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and renewable energy.

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The Crime of Poor Shale Crime Reporting

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


Fractivists and empathetic reporters have had a field day speculating about shale crime but a new Penn State report shows it’s a phantom issue at best.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has just come out with another report entitled “The Impact of Marcellus Shale Development on the Criminal Justice System.” Once again, the narrative is an equivocal document apparently intended to give any reader something they’ll like. The data, however, is extensive, there is none of the unprofessional focus group commentary that has characterized some previous reports in this series and there are actual comparisons between Marcellus and non-Marcellus counties that allow for more useful analysis. What’s most interesting about the report is that it completely voids most of the fractivist junk science and junk journalism we’ve seen on the subject of shale crime.

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Making Shale Gas Voices Heard

JLCNY Radio talks about junk scienceVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R


Four members of Landowners Advocates of New York, the group FOILing three agencies of New York government to get the bottom of Cuomo’s betrayal are determined to make shale gas voices heard.

It was 5 am on a cold March day last week when I awoke and started a journey to New York City that would last until 9:30 pm. I picked up two friends in Deposit, NY, some 45 minutes away. Like me, Dick Downey and Sandra Davis are both well known shale gas voices from upstate. From there, we drove to Inge Grafe-Kieklak‘s home in Sullivan County. We were on a mission to get the word out – to make our shale gas voices heard where it counts.

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Taxing and Spending Won’t Cure Public Pension Fraud

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Natural Gas NOW


Severance taxes and other gimmicks aren’t going to correct a disastrous case of bi-partisan public pension fraud by Pennsylvania’s politicians in 2001.

We’ve been hard on Tom Wolf here for his dumb severance tax idea, his pompous attitude and appalling appointments as well as his betrayal of landowners where I live in Wayne County. Notwithstanding all that, he didn’t necessarily create the problem he’s using as an excuse for his severance tax and several other stupendously stupid proposals.

That responsibility falls on a bi-partisan collection of elected officials from 2001 who committed what can only be described as public pension fraud – they gave away the store when they thought no one was looking and now we’re all paying the very steep price with some being asked to pay more than others, of course. Hence, Wolf’s severance tax proposal, based on the free lunch theory.

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Natural Gas Deniers

Gas Drilling Impacts - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs


For those who are worried about climate change, natural gas is such an obvious solution, but provokes truly irrational opposition from natural gas deniers.  

This November in Paris, the WPCC 2015 World Climate Conference will be held. Given the amount of countries involved, there have already been various meetings ahead of it, and it’s clear that the two greatest emitter of carbon are out to solve the issue via a variety of ways, but the original road starts with abundant natural gas knocking coal out of the picture.

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