America’s Plutocrats and PovertyKeepers – Part II

America's Plutocrats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


America is now governed by a ruling gentry class of plutocrats who, in the name of charity, manipulate the system at will to the detriment of the common man they too often are content to keep in poverty.

Last July I wrote a post here called America’s Plutocrats and PovertyKeeepers about how the spoiled children of the uber-wealthy were determining too much of the direction of the country. It’s only gotten worse since then and the same group of plutocrats continue to impoverish ordinary people who live in rural areas as if they were nothing more than collateral damage in an air war safely directed from the bowels of the beast on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

They managed to manipulate Andrew Cuomo into making the Southern Tier a sacrifice zone (their words) for the purposes of advancing their feel-good utopian agenda, while others like Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin flew off to Europe to lead the World Economic Forum discussions about how to fight global warming, so many of her fellow plutocrats arriving in gas-guzzling private jets that they clogged the airports. Their hypocrisy runs deep and reveals it’s all about the power to run things. We err, though, to imagine they care about that. The gentry class, not the industrial class, is running America today and they don’t give a damn what we think. But, we’d better care because they’ll gladly have us all living in poverty if they continue to get their way.

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This American Life with Fracking Products

fracking products - frackingTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Jessica Sena provides a fresh perspective on this American life with fracking products made with that good organic stuff that comes from the earth.

We have published three guest posts here at by Jessica Sena and have had universally good reaction to them (search her name in our search box to read them). She brings such a refreshingly candid and enthusiastic attitude to what is obviously such great news about the shale revolution to those of us living in rural America. She is a terrific ambassador for the industry and not only writes well, from the heart, but also does radio and YouTube, so we have decided to share one of her videos, called This American Life.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Controversy Is Contrived

Hydraulic Fracturing ControversyThomas D. Gillespie
Professional Geologist, Bethlehem, PA

The hydraulic fracturing controversy, such as it is, doesn’t amount to much. It is largely contrived, in fact, if we look at the how it has evolved.

Hydraulic fracturing is an old, tried and true technology. Oil and gas wells have been hydraulically fractured since 1949.   Somewhere around one million wells have been hydraulically fractured in America alone and there has been not one single instance where the well stimulation has resulted in an impact to drinking water.  There have been a few spill incidents over that time, but that is no different than any operations of any industry – I am not being cavalier about it or saying it is OK, but that has nothing to do with hydraulic fracturing.  There have even been some mistakes made with well installations, but, again, those were not related to the hydraulic fracturing process.

But the point is, it has been going on in many states for decades and there was no controversy about it – did you even know there was such a thing as hydraulic fracturing before about six to seven years ago? The only thing new is the combination of horizontal drilling (also nothing new) with existing hydraulic fracturing technologies. The current hydraulic fracturing controversy is, in fact, simply contrived.

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Congressman Reed Proposes Landowner Compensation

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

Congressman Tom Reed proposes landowner compensation for Southern Tier farmers and other landowners aggrieved by Governor Cuomo’s fracking betrayal.

Congressman Tom Reed (Republican, Conservative) from the Southern Tier/Twin Tiers area of New York (Corning region) is “leading the charge” in Washington by proposing new legislation that would require states, like New York, to compensate residents when it causes them harm by action or inaction–like the recent Gov. Andrew Cuomo decision to ban fracking in the state.

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Shale Gas News – January 24, 2015

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

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday morning at 10 AM on 94.3 FM “The Talker,” talked about water rates (you read that correctly), methane myths, oil freak-outs and future prices this week.

Every Saturday, Kevin Lynn of Linde Corporation and I co-host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas.

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Penn Environment – The Heinz Flimflam Artists

deicing chemicals - frackingTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Penn Environment is a flimflam organization funded by the Heinz Endowments and others to trash the oil and gas industry with phony reports and statistics.

Penn Environment is a dishonest organization; a group of flimflam artists funded to attack the oil and gas industry in some of the most disreputable ways imaginable. It owes its existence, though, to groups such as the Heinz Endowments which pretends to be the advocate of the public interest in advancing science and bringing environmentalists and industry together. That head fake is belied by the latest report out of Penn Environment, a recycled piece of trash from the past.

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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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