Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
There are no pretenders quite as great as the fractivist foundations who fund the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative and their shills at that outfit.
Big Green groups like THE Delaware Riverkeeper and the Clean Air Council, just to name a couple, are the fractivist arms of big-money foundations that fund and control them, including the Heinz Endowments and the Park Foundation. It’s an incestuous game with behind the scenes collusion among these groups and the deep-pocket foundations that pay for their attorneys to continue filing frivolous lawsuits. A recent article in Mid-West Energy News provides another example of how the fractivist echo chamber works.
Here’s one Big Green group don’t hear about often, but also part of the enviro-cabal: the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, an official-sounding group which attempts to pass itself off as above-the-fray and populated with disinterested researchers focusing on the important issue of shale energy. It’s nothing of the sort. It’s a bunch of partisan hacks who lobby for high taxes on shale energy, and for limiting property rights for those who want to allow shale drilling.
How do we know? Look at their so-called research. The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative says, among many other things, that fracking is responsible an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. Yeah, fractivist kooks. Oh, and they’re funded by the Heinz Endowments and the Park Foundation, plus a few other like-minded groups, the same ones who fund most of fractivism and much of the reporting on it. We’ve written about them before (see Marcellus/Utica Anti-Drilling Group Back with Impacts “Research”). Every now and again this group finds a willing accomplice to plant a story about their “research” hoping it gets picked up by mainstream media. The latest shill media accomplice–the Midwest Energy News (anti-drillers who want to end the use of all fossil fuels), is only too willing to accommodate.
We point out this type of shenanigan/ruse because inevitably media outlets will pick it up this bilge and either lazily or unwittingly publish it (emphasis added).
In mid-October, a trio of shale drilling states — Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — signed an agreement to grow the natural gas industry on a regional level, focusing on job training, infrastructure and other areas.
As that tri-state connection forms, a grassroots network of independent policy organizations and research groups located within the affected region are shaping a more holistic dialogue about the long-term consequences of hydraulic fracturing.
The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, with member groups in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, monitors economic development and the community impacts of energy extraction in the Marcellus and Utica shales.
Affiliates of the coalition, launched in 2013, include the Fiscal Policy Institute (New York), Policy Matters Ohio, Keystone Research Center/Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Commonwealth (Virginia) Institute for Fiscal Analysis, and West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.
“You have pro- and anti-fracking camps, but our goal is to navigate the middle ground,” said Amanda Woodrum, a researcher with Policy Matters Ohio. “We document and acknowledge both the benefits and the costs.”
The group’s research focuses on four heavy shale-drilling counties: Carroll County in Ohio, Tioga and Greene counties in Pennsylvania, and Wetzel County in West Virginia.
Interviews with township and county officials revealed the consequences of rapid industrial development of shale gas on municipal services and community institutions such as hospitals. While this data has been previously collected at a county level, there has never been a systematic attempt to aggregate these sources over fracking regions, Woodrum said.
Tackling these issues on a larger scale can aid communities in making the most of extraction’s “boom” while mitigating the effects of an inevitable “bust” cycle, research group members believe. Next year, the collaborative will amass information on housing, traffic, local access to jobs and other shale industry concerns for a “scorecard” that will be sent to legislators.
“Troubling practices and negative impacts from shale development look similar in all our states,” Woodrum said. “By working together, we can share experiences and best practices and promote high standards.”*
There is NOTHING “middle ground” about Amanda Woodrum and Policy Matters Ohio. They are as anti and radical as you can get. The article drones on and on and on. Read the rest if; (a) you have insomnia, (b) you need a good laugh, or (c) you want to see just how much you can stand before you go insane reading this crap.
Editor’s Note: Jim is 100% correct in saying there’s nothing “middle ground” about this effort, as a careful reading of the article quickly reveals. The first piece of evidence, though, is the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative’s self-declaration of being “independent,” which, like “non-partisan” is the dead giveaway they doth protest too much. It always works that way, as anyone who has observed how organizations like this really work, knows all too well. If they were independent, they wouldn’t have to tell us. This is what they’re really about:
The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative is, as we’ve explained before, a completely phony political effort on the part of certain public employee unions who, among other things, want a severance tax on natural gas to pay for the over-the-top pension programs they’ve extorted from the taxpayers for whom they work. They, therefore, have a natural ally in fractivist funding foundations who also fund shills such as the Clean Air Council, the Delaware Riverkeeper, PennFuture, StateImpactPA, et al. The Keystone Research Center, for example, one of the members of the Collaborative, has received $301,819 from the William Penn Foundation over the last three years.
They’ve also received $555,000 from the Heinz Endowments since 2008, including $120,000 “to understand local impacts of shale development on communities” and $75,000 to “to understand the impact dimensions of deep shale gas drilling on human and social services sectors in order to reduce adverse effects on individuals and communities.”
The Park Foundation, of course, funded the Fiscal Policy Institute, another member of the Collaborative, with $40,000 to conduct an “Investigation into the economic and fiscal impacts of hydraulic fracturing gas drilling in New York State.”
A deeper dive into the funding of Collaborative members in other states would, no doubt, produce more of the same, as this is how the fractivist echo chamber works. It’s a vile network of rogues collaborating to rob landowners and consumers through severance taxes and the like to pay public employee pensions.