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Scott Cannon, an anti-fracking activist who has made over 50 internet videos showing supposed adverse effects of gas drilling, is attempting to silence Karen Orlando by bullying her online.
“You get paid to write blogs from Tom Shepstone on his Natural Gas Now website to discredit activists who oppose some gas development. We’ll, that takes away any questions on your bias, now doesn’t it?” says Scott Cannon to me via what appears to me to be the standard operating procedure of an anti-fracking activist.
That standard operating procedure is: bullying, lying and making false accusations whether online or in person and this behavior is not limited to targeting politicians, FERC employees, and natural gas industry employees but extends to anyone who dares to open their mouth to speak words that are not the talking points of the anti-fracking movement. Even me.
Even though there are lots of letters to FERC, a certificate order on the Rockaway Lateral project in fact and lots of evidence that says otherwise, Scott Cannon as an activist can just say whatever he likes about me. That’s just how he rolls.
It is no secret that the great fracking war is divisive. As early as fall 2011, a NY times headline describing how “civility is fading” in the fight over gas drilling was likely an understatement. How disgusting and low the actual behavior is of the activists involved has to be known to people other than me who get close to this issue.
It’s shocking that this behavior is then celebrated and encouraged by environmental leaders and politicians. Scott Cannon is not the first anti-fracking activist to absurdly and falsely accuse me of either being a shill for the gas industry, a spy or some other crap, but at least he is not someone who has met me like some of the activists at the Sane Energy Project, United for Action or Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline among others. Nor will he be the last I imagine.
Posts on this blog are labeled “activists gone wild” for a reason. Here is a link to a group that Scott Cannon is associated with called the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition. Apparently the website has a disclaimer where hey.. the organization basically says themselves that they can’t guarantee the accuracy of what they say. Shocker! The website also says the following:
“We acknowledge that each individual group member in their actions and speech, represent the coalition as a whole, and therefore are reminded to be mindful in speaking and acting in a manner that professionally and respectfully represents the group as a whole.”
Scott Cannon is a fine example of what the activism against fracking, natural gas and pipelines looks like.
Editor’s Note: For the record, Karen Orlando has never been paid so much as one dime for her posts here. In fact, I’ve never met her or so much as talked with her by phone. She is also not a pro-gas activist. She is simply an individual who had some legitimate concerns about a pipeline project and wanted to influence the final decisions regarding it but found her attempts at a reasonable discussion were completely lost in a cacophony of lies, distortions and absurd speculation from fractivists interested in nothing but their precious ideology. We repost her blog post here to demonstrate how fractivism is wearing out its welcome among reasonable people..