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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Fred Peckham

DRBC HearingFred Peckham
Landowner, Hancock NY

 

This is the testimony of Fred Peckham given at the January 23rd DRBC Hearing in Waymart on their proposed fracking ban. Let it speak for itself.

I am a riverfront land owner from Hancock, NY. My family has made a living using the natural resources in the river valley for over 160 years.

I come here today in defense of my property rights.

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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Kevin McGinnis

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsKevin McGinnis
Chairman, Dyberry Township Supervisors

 

This is the testimony of Kevin McGinnis given at the January 23rd DRBC Hearing in Waymart on their proposed fracking ban. Let it speak for itself.

I am Chairman of Dyberry Township Supervisors. I am here to state the Supervisors’ opposition to the fracking ban.

The ban, is in effect, a taking away of property rights and assets, without compensation.

Not only is this action un-American, but it is also a violation of the United States Constitution.

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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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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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The “D” in DRBC Is for Deceitful Double-Standards

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

 

The Delaware River Basin Commission proposes to ban hydraulic fracturing in the basin but it’s just the SRBC with a different hat applying double-standards.

The “D” in DRBC can now truly be said to stand for deceitful double-standards, given a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing that deliberately ignores what its members know to be the facts from also being the governing majority of the SRBC.

Those proposed double-standards, in fact, are being used to inversely condemn the property of thousands of  Pennsylvanians who happen to reside in the one county in the Commonwealth with natural gas resources where they cannot be developed. There’s massive taking—a theft of land and minerals—in progress; one in which the primary tools of the thieves are the blinders they’ve put on themselves so as to not see what’s before their eyes.

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Legal Challenge to Cuomo Fracking Ban Lays Out the Travesty of Justice

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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David Morabito is fighting a Goliath we know as Gov. Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo, his DEC and their fracking ban. His case details a travesty of justice.

It hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, but Attorney David R. Morabito of Rochester, New York and his wife are owners of property in Allegany County, just north of Potter County, Pennsylvania. It has some Marcellus Shale and what is probably, based on recent Shell wells across the border, some much better Utica Shale. Our “David” in this case, who happens to be a trial attorney, has been unable to develop his land for natural gas and has decided to take on one very big ugly “Goliath” who readers of this blog know as Andrew Cuomo’s political machine.

Yes, David Morabito is taking the Corrupotocrat’s political machine to Federal court after being denied not only by Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), but also his ever more political courts. The majority of the Third Department appeals court that rejected Morabito’s state lawsuit was, in fact, appointed by Corruptocrat, so it’s hardly a surprise they rejected his claims as merely “academic”—a characterization far more appropriate as a description of the reports DEC relied upon to do its fracking ban.

I’m not qualified to evaluate Morabito’s case (takings claims are notoriously difficult and that’s part of it) but I know this much: he has throughly documented the travesty of justice that is the New York fracking ban in a compelling way. His legal filing is must reading for anyone who wants to truly understand what happened to New York landowners.

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DRBC Trying to Steal Pennies from Dead Man’s Eyes?

bob nolan reports on delaware riverkeeperBob Nolan
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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Make no mistake about it; the DRBC is engaged in a despicable enterprise that’s a lot like stealing pennies from a dead man’s eyes, according to Bob Nolan.

While delivering his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a very cogent observation regarding a freeman’s rights:

“And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

That’s the same John F. Kennedy who, on November 2, 1961, stated:

“Its significance lies in the unique character of the compact and the great hope for comprehensive plans for full and effective development of the Delaware River Valley”.

That second quote was at the White House signing of the Delaware River Basin Compact when the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) was formed, a day of infamy it may be turning out.

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How Our Land and Natural Rights Are Being Taken and Why

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

 

Keeping the fruit of one’s labor, that is property, is one of our natural rights. It is being taken by those who would steal that fruit for themselves.

Land is property, the fruit of one’s labor. It can only be held through constant labor, in fact, that will pay the taxes and maintain its economic value. Like all property, personal or otherwise, it is one of the natural rights of humans willing to put the labor into making it productive. If we cannot keep the fruits of such labor, we are merely slaves to others or, as Edmund Burke put it, no more than the ants of summer. Today, though, our natural rights in land and property are threatened at every turn by those who would simply steal those fruits for themselves. They are, invariably, those who could afford to pay but would rather not.

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