Josh Fox came to SUNY Oneonta, but not through the front door. He apparently wanted to avoid landowners who called him out for lying about shale gas.
Josh Fox made his mysterious “appearance” in Oneonta, New York last week. Dick Downey and Vic Furman have already provided their insights but I’ve got some of my own (and some video). Fox visited SUNY Oneonta, a college in the heart of a land of Planet Ithaca “wanna-be’s.” He knew college kids would be an easy audience to target with his mindless message. Where better to do it, then, than Otsego County, home of the Cooperstown set and one of two hotbeds of fractivism upstate, albeit the younger sister version?
Josh Fox didn’t come in through the front entrance, though. He knew supporters of the natural gas industry would be there to face him. Instead, Fox snuck in through the back as all of his followers walked in the front like zombies. He bravely had his so called production crew go outside to size up the crowd, though. The group of supporters who showed up to see him were the same typical protestors we have seen for the last three years. No new faces, no new claims, and certainly no new facts.
If I were Fox, I would have went in through the back door, too. It’s easier to avoid the confrontation than to try and explain the compound lies of his Gasland series (e.g., a phony story about a $100,000 offer, a phony claim about a flaming faucet).
My fellow NaturalGasNOW contributor and friend, Vic Furman, spoke to the 50 or so supporters who came to protest. He told the audience he knows they are tired and this is a tireless battle. He talked about the lies Josh Fox has spread.
Members of the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance (NWPOA) were there to show their support of the natural gas industry and back up Vic regarding the non-existent $100,000 offer. (The “gas lease” he filmed in Gasland was a draft NWPOA lease, wasn’t even written by a natural gas company, was never offered to anyone and didn’t provide for a $100,000 payment.)
Furman also told the audience the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) intends to appeal the recent decision of a lower court dismissing their lawsuit.
Some of the Josh Fox groupies who were there tried arguing against the facts offered by the natural gas supporters who were there to protest. The most vocal included a couple from Belgium. Watch the video below to hear the misinformation they were fed from the antis. They, of course, repeat the same things we have heard over and over again.
The misinformation was, between Sandra Davis, Ken Williams (be sure to catch his calmly impassioned remarks at the end) and our own Tom Shepstone, corrected, but, of course, the Belgians had little interest in the facts. Let’s look at what other countries are doing and what’s working versus what isn’t. Consider what’s happening in our own country and our neighboring state of Pennsylvania, for instance.
It’s been my experience that when arguing doesn’t work, fractivists resort to the only option they have left, shouting obscenities and labeling those who disagree with them as “not educated” (in an accent giving away the fact they’re not from the area no less). This isn’t the first time we have seen something like this and it certainly won’t be the last.
We didn’t get a great count of how many people were inside, but it was safe to say it wasn’t that large a crowd, considering the hype beforehand. The 50+ people standing outside took time out of their busy work week to stand up for their rights and turned the tables on the fractivists by becoming protestors for a change. It was long overdue. We’re still wondering where Josh Fox was, though, and why he lacked the courage to speak to them. So strange and mysterious.