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Craig Stevens Supports Pipelines? Who Knew?

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Craig Stevens has been everywhere opposing gas drilling, fracking and pipelines, including the Constitution Pipeline, but when it’s his own property…

One of Craig Stevens’ most frequent remarks during his even more frequent appearances where he performs his fractivist schtick is “you probably know my name.” His notoriety is clearly a source of some pride but, let’s face it, it’s well-earned in a sense. Most of us involved in promoting natural gas development do know his name. His routine is all too familiar.

Those not so familiar, such as my wife, upon seeing him in action, tend to figure him out quickly. She took about 30 seconds to tell him to “just go away, we’re having a good time here and no one wants to hear you” at the last Cabot Picnic (and he did, as it was clear she wasn’t kidding).

Craig Stevens, like any good hustler, wasn’t phased for long, though. He knows the first rule of selling is to simply move-on, undeterred, when a sales pitch is rejected. He has gone on to oppose gas drilling, fracking and pipelines in more fertile territories. The Constitution Pipeline was a nice gig for him for a while, for instance. But, when it came to his own property, earlier this year, he sang a different tune.

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The Real Climate Change Deniers Are the Fractivists

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

 

Although fractivists are fond of labeling those of us who advocate for natural gas as climate change deniers, the real deniers are those who pretend natural gas can’t help.

There were some rather amazing comments on this blog the other day. They reveal the degree to which fractivists who love labeling us as climate change deniers will go to deny the contribution of natural gas in reducing emissions. It’s stunning, in fact, how far these real climate change deniers will go in ignoring the fundamental facts and rules of logic in defending what is clearly ideology, not science, in their own heads.

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Natural Gas Boats Are Here for Your Next Marine Adventure

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

 

Natural gas vehicles, natural gas tractors and now natural gas boats. Is there nothing that can’t be powered by natural gas to reduce emissions? Seems so.

Readers who took a great interest in that sleek new New Holland natural gas powered farm tractor will be thrilled to know there are also natural gas powered boats available for their next marine adventure. It’s hardly a new concept but one made increasingly feasible by fracking  proving how versatile natural gas is in meeting our energy needs while reducing emissions. What a blessing natural gas is. Have you thanked a fracker today?

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DRBC Sitting on $30 Million of Cash and Investments

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The latest DRBC audit shows this government agency is setting on roughly $30 million of cash and investments, even while it begs for money from taxpayers.

Nobody was more pleased than me when Pennsylvania opted recently to cut its DRBC contribution to $217,000 but it should forever be cut to zero next time. Why? Because the agency is sitting on roughly $30 million of cash and investments from business profits from its reservoir operations. Moreover, over $19 million of that consists of unrestricted funds. The DRBC has all the resources it needs without any help from Pennsylvania.

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Why Some Media Organizations Are Fractivist Sympathizers

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A recent editorial in the Scranton Times explains why so many media organizations are so sympathetic to fractivism; they’re gentry class NIMBYs themselves.

Our regular commenter, Karen Orlando, has, for many months, like a voice in the wilderness of New York City, been articulating perhaps the greatest problem facing those of us who believe in natural gas. It is the gigantic failure of media organizations to cover what’s really behind most of fractivism or even relate the most salient facts. Here’s some of what she offered recently:

Without incompetent media and the politicians, the [fractivist] movement would have been a failure years ago…

While many people [have] talked about echochambers, media bias and people living in bubbles, I never would have believed it would be impossible to get the … press to cover what is happening with this movement and tell the truth about it. Unfortunately. I have found that one cannot get reporters to use facts in their reporting [or] make corrections … It’s a sad say for the country indeed. The press can no longer discern what reality and facts are.

There are many explanations for this, of course. Reporters have political views and most of them run in one direction. Journalism teach more activism than writing these days. Rabble-rousing always makes a great story. There is another reason, though, and I suspect it is one of the most powerful; media organizations are typically owned by a gentry class opposed to development anywhere near their favorite second-homes and vacation areas.

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DRBC Action Is Simply Defensive Move in War for Land

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The DRBC decision yesterday to sometime consider something we haven’t yet seen is getting press but it’s only a defensive move in a bigger war over land.

I don’t have a lot to add to the post I wrote yesterday prior to the DRBC vote on its resolution. It all went as predicted. Tom Wolf betrayed fellow Pennsylvanians, telling them to go pound salt after they failed to pick up on his request for a severance tax bribe, siding with New York second home owners instead. I knew Wolf would be a governor I didn’t much like but I thought he was smarter than this. Turns out he’s just another trust-funder.

But, that’s not why I decided to add an afterthought to this story. What needs to be said is that this is merely a DRBC reaction to the Wayne Land and Minerals Group (WLMG) lawsuit against it. It doesn’t amount to anything and it will have little effect because the lawsuit is where the action is and it will determine the future.

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DRBC Chaos Raising Question of Why We Even Need It

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The DRBC, in an effort to bring order out of self-created chaos, has announced it will consider something today but whatever it is, is deliberately unclear.

It just gets “curiouser and curiouser” as a hopelessly incompetent and politically corrupted Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) composed mostly of the same parties who are the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is forced to react to a lawsuit against it. Today, it will consider a resolution announced, for some strange reason, prior to its meeting but at which no public comment will be permitted. Moreover, the resolution is more ambiguous than a two-headed snake when it comes to direction. The agency is floundering around in a desperate rear-guard defense against a lawsuit by the Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) while appearing to lead on something which it dearly wants to avoid.

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Corruptocrat’s Big Millennium Pipeline Mistake, If It Was One

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

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Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Corruptocrat, has New York State DEC under his thumb and may have forced it to make a big mistake on the Millennium Pipeline extension.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a refusal, on August 30, to grant a water quality certification to Millennium Pipeline to build a tiny, 7.8 mile pipeline spur from the main Millennium Pipeline to an under-construction natural gas-fired electric generating plant in Orange County. The electric plant will get finished either way, whether it’s fed by natural gas or, alternatively, by dirtier fuel oil. The DEC has blocked many (not all, but many) recently filed pipeline projects in the state–because of undue and corrupt influence from our governor, Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo seeks to appease his radical/enviro base.

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DRBC Not Only Corrupt, But Obviously Incompetent

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Strange chaotic things have been going on at the DRBC recently as members have been replaced, damaging info has been leaked and protests needlessly spurred.

Yesterday, I noted the rumors I had earlier heard and my suppositions regarding the same appeared to be correct. DRBC folks and friends began leaking word all over the place that the agency was set to announce pursuit of a permanent ban on Friday. Our fibbing, supposedly in the know, commenter by the name of “Alphege Hamilcar” suggested it would be on the DRBC website the next day. He/she also wrote to me later to say it was all public knowledge, except it wasn’t.

Someone also leaked to Mike Rubiunkam and told him the news would come Friday, leading to an AP announcement indicating this, which, curiously also quoted Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Povertykeeper. Yet, nothing appeared on the website yesterday, so something, obviously, went wrong but enormous damage has already been done to the DRBC as incompetence has been piled on top of corruption.

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Long Overdue DAPL Lawsuit Shows How to Fight Fractivism

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind DAPL, is showing how to fight fractivism and the radical environmental enterprise with an overdue RICO lawsuit.

This is somewhat old news given the fact the lawsuit was filed two weeks ago, but it’s taken me that long to get through the 187 page complaint filed by DAPL owner Energy Transfer’s against its radical tormentors. A copy of the complaint may be found here and, as usual, I have highlighted the most important parts as I see them. It is a comprehensive allegation that opponents of DAPL, led by Greenpeace, operated as a racketeering enterprise. All I can say is the; it’s about damned time the industry played hardball with this enterprise and this is the way it should continue to fight back against all of fractivism.

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