Scroggins Lawyers Want Out? Sensitive Material?

Scroggins  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Yesterday was another day in court for Vera Scoggins, the fractivist tormenting local landowners and it was a day of strange revelations and stranger questions.

Vera Scroggins was in Susquehanna County court yesterday for hearings on three motions, two brought by Cabot Oil & Gas and another brought by her attorneys. It was a an eye-opening day and more for the questions it raised than the answers provided by the court. Susquehanna County Judge Kenneth Seamans found her in violation of the preliminary injunction he had previously issued and reserved decision on the other two motions. It was, though, what we learned in the debate over those second two motions, which came later in the day, that produced some startling revelations and even bigger questions.

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Real Environmental Action on the Seas with LNG

LNG - Jerry Russell

Jerry Russell
Binghamton Area Landowner

New container ships powered by LNG to supply Puerto Rico are an example of real environmental action with tangible results.

Despite the best efforts of self proclaimed “environmental action” groups trying to block the production of natural gas, it is poised to make a real and significant contribution to reducing air pollution on a global scale – particularly on the high seas.

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Natural Gas Exports Are A Win-Win

Natural gas exportsJohn Dunham
John Dunham & Associates, Guerilla Economics

Government restrictions on natural gas exports are costing our allies today and will cost our citizens tomorrow.

One of the stated purposes of the Federal Government enumerated in the US Constitution is the power of Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.  The Commerce Clause of the Constitution has been used to great effect by the Federal Government to usurp the powers that were once held by the states themselves.

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Serial Trespasser Scroggins Plays Victim Card

Scroggins  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Vera Scroggins might be considered a perpetual entertainment machine if she weren’t endangering others with her attention-seeking victim-playing ways.

The infamous Vera Scroggins will be on trial in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania tomorrow. So, naturally, she was on the pages of the Scranton Times yesterday to set the stage for her star role in the continuing “Look at Me” drama series she has created around herself. Once again, she’s playing the “Golden Girl,” spunky victim card, a schtick that never seems to grow old with the fractivist and politically correct media crowd.

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The Good Shale News Gusher

Good Shale News  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Good shale news keeps coming, like a gusher wiping out the hyped up fears of fractivists and rendering them irrelevant.

There is good shale news every single day, although media headlines designed to fit politically correct templates might give casual readers a different opinion if they didn’t experience the good news for themselves. Whether it’s consumers saving money on heating bills, rural communities being revived by gas drilling or young men and women getting rewarding high-paying jobs, there is more good shale news than ever, unless one is a true believer fractivist looking for problems to justify their preconceived opinion.

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It’s Not About the Environment Anymore

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 6.25.47 AMPaul Driessen
Senior Policy Analyst – Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
Author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power – Black Death

It’s rarely about the environment anymore. It’s about slashing our energy use, free enterprise, job creation, living standards and freedoms.

Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By contrast, today’s battles are rarely about the environment.

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How the Park Foundation Buys Influence

Park Foundation  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The Park Foundation buys whatever influence it needs and it’s none too subtle about it, a good illustration being provided by some recent events in the Town of Lansing, New York.

There was an appalling story in the Lansing Star this past Friday that doesn’t mention the Park Foundation by name but, nonetheless, serves to demonstrate the perverse influence it has over public policy, especially in Planet Ithaca environs. The story had to do with a letter issued by Tompkins County Planning Commissioner Ed Marx to the town discouraging natural gas use and the not so pleased reaction of Town officials. Some county planning agencies in New York have grand illusions as to their responsibilities, but Marx has taken it to a new plane with his pompous lecture in writing to the town. What isn’t disclosed is the close relationship between Marx and the fractivist Park Foundation.

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The Freaky CELDF and It’s Radical Designs

CELDF  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, or CELDF, is an extremely radical, downright freaky, organization that survives on naive environmentalism.

There are few fractivist groups more radical or freaky than the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). We’ve written about them several times, including here, here and here, all of which are important to read to get a full understanding of just how freaky the organization is. They’re the folks who propose to overrule the Patriot Act, abolish corporations and grant plants and trees the right to sue, all by township ordinance.

They’re aim is obvious by one of the website addresses they use, which, revealingly, happens to be, and they latch onto any issue of the day to promote their radical agenda, which is nothing less than a political revolution. The CELDF strategy is to con others into supporting that agenda by clothing it in the language of “rights” preceded by whatever adjective (“community,” “water,” “nature”) works for the controversy at hand and fracking is simply one of those.

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Bradford County Taxes Stay Low Due to Shale Gas

Bradford County  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Bradford County just announced its proposed budget for 2015 and it demonstrates, yet again, the economic contributions of shale gas to property tax stability.

Sometimes it’s what doesn’t happen that makes all the difference. Non-events can change lives as easily as the big splashes that tend to get our attention. Such is the case with property taxes in one Pennsylvania county that just happens to be a leader in shale gas development – Bradford County.

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Energy Day in Houston, Education in Pennsylvania

Energy Day - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


A trip to Houston to participate in “Energy Day” fills attendees with ideas for building a foundation for expanded energy education in Pennsylvania. 

Education continues to be a focal point for the External Affairs department at Cabot. Our company has, in 2014, expanded its partnership with Junior Achievement of Northeast Pennsylvania to host three separate Careers in Energy programs at West Side Career & Technical Center (WSCTC), Tunkhannock High School and Mt. View High School.

We have also sponsored two Challenge Programs at Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center as well as WSCTC, facilitated a three-part lecture series at Lackawanna College in Scranton, conducted numerous operational visits for both students and teachers of area high schools and, in April, announced the single largest donation it has ever made to create an endowment at Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. And, now we’re building for the future.

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