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Is the William Penn Foundation Planning a DRBC Ban?

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

 

The William Penn Foundation, as a private foundation, is legally prohibited from any lobbying, but it seems to be laying groundwork for a DRBC fracking ban.

There’s something especially rotten going in the Denmark known as the Delaware River Basin. It’s being orchestrated by the William Penn Foundation, which is a private Haas family foundation not legally permitted to do any lobbying whatsoever, but which also has made a standard practice of doing it through surrogates.

These shill outfits, hopelessly indebted to the Foundation for funding, include not only the Delaware Riverkeeper, but also the American Littoral Society from which it was originally spun off. Likewise, just as StateImpactPa serves as a propaganda arm of the Foundation in Pennsylvania, NJ Spotlight plays a similar role in New Jersey, both part of the same echo chamber. Finally, there is the Academy of Natural Sciences where Carol Collier was given a cushy retirement slot after doing the Foundation’s bidding at the DRBC.

These entities, plus another known as the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, are all involved in a very suspicious panel discussion planned for next Friday at Camden Community College that looks an effort to build a foundation for a DRBC fracking ban.

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New Holland Develops NGT (Natural Gas Tractor)

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

 

New Holland, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of farm equipment, already has a propane farm tractor and has now developed one that uses methane fuel.

It’s being marketed as a “sustainable” farm tractor that burns farm-generated methane, but it can just as easily work off conventional natural gas, of course. New Holland already has a propane powered farm tractor, so this is the next logical step. It’s one sleek blue farm machine and provides one of those examples where renewables and natural gas overlap and are mutually supportive. I can’t wait to see one in action.

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Methane Emissions Decline As DEP and Fractivist Hype Skyrocket

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

 

Fake news and fake policy are the order of the day with Pennsylvania DEP methane emissions data and the fractivist hyperbole surrounding the just released data.

Articles at Philly.com (now controlled by the same anti-gas Haas family that is the William Penn Foundation and also funds PennFuture, the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Clean Air Council and StateImpactPA) and EnviroPolitics Blog are faking it on the issue of methane emissions. They’re doing so with clearly coordinated news making and reporting peddling fake news about a new DEP Air Emissions Inventory. They aim to support a stupid DEP policy initiative that is yet another government solution in search of a problem.

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Sea Change Foundation the Epitome of Tax-Exempt Corporatism

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

 

The Sea Change Foundation is the epitome of corporatism and corruption as it uses tax-exempt charity status to fund its rent-seeking and attack competitors.

Politico is anything but an unbiased observer; hence its hyperbolic headlines and ledes but  it does put out a lot of facts and if you’re patient enough to read beyond the 10th paragraph you often find them. A story the other day about the Sea Change Foundation and the possible role of the Russians in funding fractivism is no exception. There is headline suggesting the whole thing is nothing more than an attempt to conjure up a scandal, followed by the facts indicating there is almost certainly is one requiring investigation.

You have to read the whole thing and when you do, it’s not just the Russians but the deeply ingrained corporatism and corruption that is our tax-exemption system today.

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Three Strikes and New York State DEC Ought to Be Out

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

 

New York State DEC has struck three times now; it has just rejected water quality certification for the Millennium Pipeline extension. Time to call it out!

The New York State DEC yesterday formally denied water quality certification for a third FERC regulated pipeline project (check out EID coverage here). This time it was the short Millennial Pipeline extension to serve the already permitted and nearly complete CPV Valley Energy Center gas plant in Orange County. The nature of the decision gives further evidence the whole thing is a farce; a deliberate Cuomo strategy to force FERC to take over pipeline decisions for New York so he can claim his environmental extremist bona fides and still get the gas he needs. It’s Prince Corruptocrat at work.

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The Atlantic Sunrise Over the Marcellus Shale: It’s Here

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

The Atlantic Sunrise has received its Pennsylvania DEP water quality certification. The sun is indeed rising over the Marcellus Shale and its landowners.

Pennsylvania, thankfully, is not New York. That simple fact was proved again earlier today when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued water quality permits for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. It’s going to happen. No games, no demagoguery, no unreasonable delay; just a DEP simple decision to do what the law provides and now this critical infrastructure is ready to go.

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The High Price of Energy Political Correctness in New York

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

 

No state, other than California, is more politically correct than New York, where PC is gospel and energy political correctness reaches the lunatic fringe.

The winds of political correctness always stir first in either California or New York, the two lunatic fringe states of the union. New York also has an additional element of corruption on the order of Illinois, making it the king of the hill when it comes to wacky environmentalism. Energy political correctness is the underlying philosophy of so much of what happens in the Emperor State because it offers opportunity for both demagoguery and graft. Fracking was killed “at this time” for the sake of appeasing the trust-funder gods from the NRDC gang and solar hedge fund investors. Pipelines have been stymied even as gas consumption grows with a view to forcing acceptance of a Clean Energy Program designed to produce 80% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It’s energy political correctness or bust and, therefore, bust it will be.

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The Virginia Organizing Hustle: Another Fractivist Tool at Work

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

 

Virginia Organizing is another phony political outfit masquerading as a charity with no regard for the law while making itself a fractivist tool for others.

Kevin Mooney, over at The Daily Signal, has a new piece up about an outfit I’ve known about for a while called Virginia Organizing. It first came to my attention a few years ago when I was exploring who was donating money to the NRDC. Virginia Organizing came up repeatedly not as a donor, but as a recipient, of fractivist money from the same people funding NRDC. They included the Schmidt Family/Google Foundations, the Park Foundation, Tides Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Marsla Foundation and the Wallace Genetic Foundation, all of which have been previously exposed on these pages as major fractivist enablers.

Kevin, though, has uncovered an additional link of significance; the dark money Sea Change Foundation which appears to have funneled Russian money into fractivist coffers via the helpful hands of the solar invested Simons family. His article is well worth reading as it details the insights of a CIA veteran as to how Russian interests manipulate groups such as Virginia Organizing into doing their bidding through a merging of ideological and mercenary objectives on the giving and receiving ends. What’s also interesting to me, though, is how Virginia Organizing has done its dirty work and how it’s gotten away with ignoring the law.

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Lying NRDC Gang Targets Natural Gas Plant Pipeline

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

 

If any more evidence were needed of the disingenuous nature of the NRDC gang, it’s provided in a recent Catskill Mountainkeeper appeal to fight this pipeline.

The Catskill Mountainkeeper is out with a message to its supporters to fight a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline extension to a natural gas plant nearing completion in Orange County, New York. The messaging couldn’t be more disingenuous, so much so that I’m willing to call it outright lying—a word I don’t use that often. What’s behind it is a campaign to frustrate further development of the Marcellus Shale; to keep it away from lands the NRDC gang, of which the Mountainkeeper is part, wants for itself.

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Radical Nuns Lose in Court, Continue to Use Natural Gas

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

 

Radical nuns enticed into opposing the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline as a publicity gimmick lose in court but get to continue to hypocritically use natural gas.

The radical nuns known as the Adorers of the Blood of Christ were apparently drawn into the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline controversy by Lancaster Against Pipelines group that just happens to be led by a religious studies professor who studies such things. They were willingly drawn into a phony chapel fiasco intended to create celebrity type publicity for the pipeline opponents, apparently thinking no one would notice they’re natural gas users who even promote the energy source on their website but would deny it to others. Many did notice and, reportedly, it even came up in court when they challenged Atlantic Sunrise’s right to place the pipeline under their cornfield. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons they lost.

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