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The BerlinRosen Nest of Fractivists and Other Vipers

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Collusion among non-profit, tax-exempt charities who blatantly violate IRS lobbying rules is rampant and the BerlinRosen firm is in the center of it all.

What have Americans Against Fracking, Andrew Cuomo, Californians Against Fracking, the Delaware Riverkeeper, Food & Water Watch, Gas Free Seneca, Mark Ruffalo, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York’s Working Families Party, the Jill Stein campaign for President, former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Tom Steyer, NYC’s thrice-named commie Mayor Bill de Blasio, the SEIU and Zephyr Teachout had in common?

They’ve all had connections with the “strategic communications” (grass-roots lobbying) firm of BerlinRosen, which I wrote about here and here. BerlinRosen is the go-to outfit for fractivist strategy. If Jay Halfon is the Fractivist Rasputin, together they represent the Central Committee for the cause and the members are all getting rich doing it, while living in gas-heated homes.

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Shale Gas News – June 23, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about a WV cracker plant, Cabot Oil & Gas, Shell shale drilling and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Kevin Mooney, Investigative reporter for The Heritage Foundation and Kevin Lynn Director of Communications for Linde Corporation.

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Times Up, Governor Cuomo: You Said You’d Revisit Fracking After Studies

Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Governor Cuomo, in 2014, said he’d revisit his fracking decision if the data later showed fracking was safe. There are now several such studies. It’s time.

Governor Cuomo, on December 17,  2014, following a second-term election victory, made his infamous fracking decision with a view to burnishing his radical credentials. Being Governor Cuomo, though, he wanted a way out later if needed. He promised, therefore, to revisit the fracking issue on behalf of New York should science come out in support of the safety of fracking for purposes of developing our state’s natural gas resources. Well, Governor Gumby, that time has come and is past due.

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Marcellus Shale Coalition Puts DRBC on Notice the Evidence Is Against It

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Marcellus Shale Coalition has twice told the DRBC its fracking ban is foolish but yesterday wrote a critical letter showing the evidence is against it.

Dave Spigelmyer is a stand-up guy and he’s on our side. His organization delivered a compelling sets of legal arguments against the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban in its written testimony. Dave then appeared at the House State Government Committee to support landowners and drive home the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s position. Now, he’s written to the DRBC to tell them the physical evidence is also stacked against their foolish political maneuver.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Asks DRBC to Stop Mariner East; Will It Regret It?

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper is forcing an issue with respect to DRBC authority and may (one hopes) come to regret it as others are forced to challenge both.

Here’s the latest strategy in THE Delaware Riverkeeper’s ongoing war against fossil fuels, and against natural gas pipelines in particular: Pressure the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to revoke a permit granted by the agency to the Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline project on the flimsy basis that ME2 has “violated” the conditions of the permit. Frankly, we didn’t even know the DRBC had issued a permit for ME2. After all, ME2 is a state-permitted project and does not come under federal authority.

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Holland Township Illustrates Renewables No Easy Substitute for Gas

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Holland Township, New Jersey proves there is no free lunch when it comes to energy. Attempting to address energy needs with anything but reason never works.

Our friend and guest blogger, Jim Willis, over at Marcellus Drilling News, has his ear closer to the ground than anyone I know and regularly picks up stories outside the mainstream of gas industry news. One of those, from Monday of this week, was about a potential new natural gas fueled power plant in Holland Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, of all places. He related the details from a NJ Spotlight article focusing on the appearance of Phoenix Energy Center, LLC before the Township Planning Board to discuss the possibility of a new 600 MW power plant at an old industrial site along the Musconetcong River. Could it be? Yes, indeed, because this municipality is slowly learning energy choices aren’t as simple as fractivists have been asserting.

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North Korea Peace Brings Out Opportunistic Russian Plans

Fractivists

K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Potential peace talks with North Korea is encouraging the opportunist Kremlin to plan new pipelines into South Korea to reduce US market share.   

President Trump’s meeting with the isolated nation of North Korea brings in a lot of potential hopes. Perhaps we can escalate tensions and military presence on the peninsula, maybe we can encourage the ruthless dictator to improve human rights, or perhaps, just maybe, we can reduce sanctions and become a trade partner with the North as we have with the South.

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When You’ve Lost the New York Times, You’ve Completely Lost

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The New York Times, which led the fight against fracking in the early years with a series of attacks, has, for all practical purposes, admitted defeat.

Six years ago, the New York Times, America’s newspaper of “thou shalt think thus” instructions for elites, was still deep into a “Drilling Down” series of articles by Ian Urbina intended to trash fracking and elevate phony critics such as Deborah Rogers. Today, it’s a very different story as the Times (via AP) is forced to admit the “Studies Show Groundwater Holding Own Against Drilling Boom.” To paraphrase LBJ’s famous line, when you’ve lost the New York Times, well, you’ve completely lost.

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Shale Gas News – June 16, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about the Guernsey Power Station, natural gas sellers, pipeline capacity and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Michael Narcavage, Director of Government and Community Relations at Southwestern Energy and Wes Carnes President of WC Welding, Inc.

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