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FERC to Constitution Pipeline: A Year Means A Year, You Shoulda Fought

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

 

Sadly, FERC has once again refused to help Constitution Pipeline avoid the consequences of letting itself be double-crossed by Gov. Andrew Corruptocrat.

FERC, in a decision released yesterday, has denied the Constitution Pipeline. This time it was the rejection  of an excellently drafted request for a rehearing on the basis that the New York State DEC’s two refiling requests were nothing but a ruse to delay and ultimately deny the project. The DEC, which does nothing significant that is not at the direction of Governor Corruptocrat, clearly manipulated the Constitution Pipeline folks. FERC, though, which knows exactly what DEC is doing, wasn’t sympathetic. It’s effectively said “you should have known better.” And, unfortunately, who can blame them? Everyone who’s done business in or within New York knows everything is political and nothing is not corrupt. Everyone but the naive well-meaning people at the Constitution Pipeline, that is.

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Heinz Endowments Funds Radical Fractivist Attorneys

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Heinz Endowments is funding radical fractivist attorneys whose real goal is the destruction of capitalism and replacement of it with failed socialism.

During his wife’s campaign for political office, it was revealed that Jordan Yeager, the Delaware Riverkeeper’s radical attorney, was a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He subsequently, and for good reason, seems to scrubbed his biography of any mention of it. The Guild was, according to Congressional investigators, formed in 1937 as a Communist front group and it has identified itself with one radical cause after another, most recently with the short-lived #Occupy movement.

Today, Yeager likes to be seen as somewhat less radical for purposes of appearances in respectable places such as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He represented Maya and company there in opposing the Wayne Land and Mineral Group’s righteous lawsuit against a politically corrupt DRBC. That doesn’t mean he’s any less radical, though. In fact, he serves on the board of an extremist association of attorneys funded by the Heinz Endowments  to stir up as much environmental trouble as possible for those of us trying to actually do business and raise families in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

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Justification for DRBC Fracking Ban Is A Fear-Mongering Diatribe

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The official justification for the DRBC fracking ban is a fear-mongering diatribe. It supposes equipment failure and human error. It’s analysis paralysis.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman philosopher and statesman who died at his own hand in the year 65 AD on the order of Emperor Nero. He lived in especially fearful times. Yet, he penned a wonderful line on fear. It ought to be required reading at about the age every youth enters adulthood:

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

It’s hard to think of a more teachable quote for the ages when it comes to the matter of dealing with the new. Newness is never necessarily goodness. Still, nothing much good happens without the new either. Nowhere is this more true than with respect to the shale revolution. It has delivered so much that is good—cheaper energy, cleaner energy, rural economic development. But, it is the subject of unprecedented fear mongering in support of the DRBC fracking ban.

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Maya Strikes Out in Court Again; On Environmental Rights Amendment

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper has gotten mowed over in court again; this time is a defeat for Maya’s cherished Environmental Rights Amendment.

Ever since the Delaware Riverkeeper conned a soon to retire Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice into using the Commonwealth’s environmental rights amendment for legacy building street cred with his Philadelphia pals. Maya van Rossum, the Delware Riverkeeper in the flesh as she is prone to remind anyone within earshot, has been trying to build on the amendment as if she was the author. She’s, in fact, written a book on the subject and gone to New York to try to sell the concept there, all of this financed by elitist special interests such as the William Penn Foundation.

Maya and radical Attorney Jordan Yeager, together with her frcativist sister shill, the Clean Air Council, having been trying bootstrap the amendment into some sort of super poverty-keeping, de-growthing, job-killing machine. She wants to be known as the Secretariat of extremist environmentalists or, at least as the Joan of Arc of the Hundred Years’ War to make a wilderness of the Delaware River Valley. Her dream of using the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment as the sword to do so, though, just died with a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in yet another case Maya foolishly initiated.

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Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation Up; CO2 Emissions Down

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

 

The Energy Information Administration reports natural gas-fired electricity generation continues to increase as CO2 emissions continue to drop as a result.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported yesterday that natural gas-fired electricity generation is up again and continues to grow. Meanwhile, our CO2 emissions are down to 1992 levels when our Gross Domestic Product was but a third of what it is today. It’s no coincidence.

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Tom Wolf Administration Pushing Special Interest Solar Ripoff

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

 

Tom Wolf has joined hands with special interests to promote a costly solar ripoff scheme that would have Pennsylvania copy the failed German Energiewende.

Yesterday, Tom Wolf’s DEP put out a news release asking for comments on a proposed solar ripoff plan forged hand in hand with the help of the usual suspects; PennFuture, the Clean Air Council, the Delaware Riverkeeper, SolarCity, et al. Entitled “Pennsylvania’s SolarFuture Plan,” the document identifies PennFuture and Tesla/SolarCity as two of 15 “committed partners.”

This solar ripoff tries to make the case for getting 10% of Pennsylvania’s electric power from solar energy in 2030 by forcing its subsidization across the board by ratepayers and taxpayers. It’s an outrageous proposal intended to ape New York State and Germany where electricity prices have skyrocketed with nothing to show for it in terms of reducing emissions.

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Superior Court’s Political Decision Voiding Rule of Capture Challenged

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

 

A PA Superior Court decision authored by a senior (retired) judge was a foolish attempt at policy-making threatening havoc over the rule of capture. SWN is suing.

Something very wrong happened in Pennsylvania’s Superior Court earlier this year as a mere two judges decided to get into policy-making and completely blew it on something called the rule of capture.

The Superior Court is an intermediary appeals court officially described as follows:

The Superior Court hears appeals in criminal cases and most civil cases from the Common Pleas Courts, including matters involving children and families.

Asking criminal and family law attorneys to decide oil and gas legal issues is a recipe for havoc and that’s what’s happened. Fortunately, Southwestern Energy (SWN) is challenging the result.

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Jumpin’ Jeff Tittel Outraged at Buddy Phil Murphy’s Administration

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

 

Jeff Tittel, Sierra Club guy for New Jersey, thought he had a friend in Phil “the Panderer” Murphy, but now he’s outraged the Governor won’t do as he’s told.

Jeff Tittel, the humorless guy who is New Jersey Sierra Club is, nonetheless, a favorite of gullible media types who love it when he calls folks “fossil fools.” He takes himself quite seriously, though, and jumps up to the microphone and cameras whenever the opportunity arises. He even imagined Phil “the Panderer” Murphy was going to take orders from him.

Indeed, he got Murphy to pose for a picture with him to publicly announce, before hearings had been finished, that the Governor would, as a member of the DRBC, vote to ban fracking. That was an incredibly dumb move, of course, because it proves the process was tainted at the outset, setting up a basis for a legal challenge later. But, Murphy may not care and Jeff Tittel is jumping mad at him for refusing (so far) to take direction on another issue.

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