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Special Interest Groupies Practice Denial at DRBC Hearings

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

 

Special interest groupies practiced deceit at those DRBC hearings in Waymart on Tuesday while carefully pretending not to see the Blue Whale in the Delaware.

Supporters of an ill-conceived fracking ban who showed up at DRBC hearings in Waymart on Tuesday—the “special interest groupies,” as Fred Peckham so nicely described them—were churning out nonsense in all the usual ways but they were also doing something else. They were engaged in the cliched behavior of “ignoring the elephant in the room,” except that this doesn’t really do justice to the scope of their actions. No, this is much bigger than an elephant; it’s more like ignoring the Blue Whale in the Delaware or the Susquehanna.

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The DRBC Hearings: Landowners vs. Special Interest Groupies

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

 

Two of the DRBC hearings on its scandalous proposed fracking ban took place in Waymart, Pennsylvania. It was landowners versus the special interest groupies.

Yesterday afternoon and last night, the Delaware River Basin Commission or DRBC held two of the scheduled DRBC hearings on their proposed fracking ban. The hearings took place at the Salvation Army’s Lake Ladore conference facility under the shadow of the Moosic Mountain separating the DRBC and SRBC watersheds. Both hearings were contests between “special interest groupies”—as NaturalGasNOW reader Fred Peckham accurately characterized them—and local landowners.

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Why the DRBC Is Acting Now: The Motive for Its Dirty Trick

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

 

The DRBC has picked a very strange time and even stranger location for hearings on its proposed fracking ban, which is the dirty trick for all time.

Tomorrow, the Delaware River Basin Commission or DRBC will be holding two hearings in Waymart, Pennsylvania on a proposed fracking ban. The hearings will be held, ironically, on the doorstep of the Susquehanna River basin where the same players have allowed natural gas drilling for a decade with “no discernible impacts” on water. Why is DRBC pursuing a fracking ban now? Why has it chosen a location for hearings that highlights the evidence against their proposed ban? The answer to the second question is, sadly, a simple one: gross incompetence compounded with the blindness of those refusing to see.

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Understanding Fractivism and the Unrelenting Arrogance of Useful Idiots

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The recent sanctioning of CELDF attorneys by a very frustrated Federal judge has helped expose the blind arrogance of those associated with fractivism.

Two weeks ago I reported here on a rather amazing order from Federal Judge Susan Paradise Baxter, an Obama appointee, sanctioning Tom Linzey and another CELDF attorney for their irresponsible lawyering on the Grant Township matter. Tom Linzey has wisely avoided much comment but his associates and some incredibly arrogant and reckless clients have done so. They have done so in the name of fractivism, but that’s not what motivates Linzey. No, Tommie the Commie employs fractivism to further a much bigger agenda and these “useful idiots” have been all too willing to play along in the interest of securing attention and maybe even martydom.

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PennEast Pipeline Approved by FERC Over Fractivist Objections

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

 

FERC has approved construction of the PennEast Pipeline, rejecting objections ginned up through an organized campaign funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Although it will still need approvals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Delaware River Basin Commission or DRBC (which has no actual authority over pipelines but to which PennEast agreed to submit), the PennEast Pipeline now has FERC approval. It came despite a parade of ridiculous objections raised by project opponents, many of whom, just like the DRBC, have been funded by the detestable trust-funders at the William Penn Foundation. The Delaware Riverkeeper’s assertions got particularly short shrift, in fact.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – January 20, 2018

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

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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The Absolute Rot Governor Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo Has Wrought

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo didn’t create all of the Southern Tier’s problems but he’s done nothing to help because gas companies willing to invest won’t pay.

An absolutely amazing story appearing Crain’s New York Business yesterday tells the ugly truth about New York’s Governor Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo; no one advances without paying the governor. Crain’s gives Cuomo a bit of cover by suggesting he was simply exploiting a loophole that he himself described as “egregious,” but they also make it more than clear the most egregious thing is what Corruptocrat is doing, which its nothing less than a pay to play scheme. It’s no wonder gas and pipeline companies haven’t gotten nowhere in the Southern Tier. They haven’t paid.

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Jessup Borough Brings Radical Lawyer Jordan Yeager on Board

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Jessup Brough just hired radical attorney Jordan Yeager, who’s in the business of lawyering for fractivist groups funded by big-money special interests.

Jessup Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, is home to a brand new natural gas fired power plant now being finished by the Invenergy company. Indeed, part of the plant is due to start operations next month. But, something very strange and deceptive appears to be going on. A new Borough Council, which now includes opponents of the plant, has just hired radical attorney Jordan Yeager to represent them in dealing with some after the fact matters relating to the plant’s wastewater discharges. Why is a radical anti-gas attorney costing $225 per hour necessary to review a discharge plan?

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The DRBC Is Engaged in High Stakes, High-Tech Colonialism

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

 

They want the land, they’ve always wanted it. Now, they’re stealing it out from underneath us—just taking it—with some high stakes, high-tech colonialism.

Two miles west of Waymart, Pennsylvania, where the DRBC will hold two of its hearings on a proposed fracking ban later this month, is the border between the Delaware and Susquehanna River basins. Those on this, the Delaware side, of what might as well as be the Berlin Wall for us, are seeing a theft of our natural resources and economic futures by gentry class colonialists who would prefer our homeland be their playland.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – January 13, 2018

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

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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