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What Ohioans Need to Know About Serial Protester Vera Scroggins

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Vera Scroggins is now moving her attention to Ohio where Cabot Oil & Gas is exploring new territory, but Ohioans need to know a few things about her.

Vera Scroggins is the endearing “golden girl” of fractivist myth, lauded by those eager to treat her as the granny protester who takes on big oil. The truth, though, is a far different thing, which virtually everyone in Susquehanna County and environs knows all too well. Ohioans unfamiliar with Vera’s history can’t be expected to know much about her when she comments on fractivist Facebook posts and the like, but they need to learn quickly as she is already following Cabot Oil & Gas as that company looks to potentially expand its operations into Ashland, Holmes and Richland Counties there. They’ll be shocked when they dig into the matter; Vera Scroggins is no ordinary protester.

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Cabot Lawsuit is Anything But An Attack on the First Amendment

K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Fractivist groups have been attempting to brand lawsuits filed by oil and gas companies as First Amendment issues, but this isn’t even close to being true.

Our founding fathers had outstanding foresight when they began drafting the Constitution. When the Bill of Rights was proposed, several of them were against detailing those rights we now as the Bill of Rights. This was not a case of believing those rights were insignificant, but rather, a fear that detailing such individual rights would limit them to the original 10 (the list had included 12, but only 10 were approved).

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What You Probably Didn’t Notice About That Dimock Case

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Casual observers and readers of press stories on that Dimock case involving Ray Kemble may well be unaware of the real significance of Cabot’s lawsuit.

There’s something you probably didn’t notice about that Dimock case we’ve talked about here several times (here, here and here) under the banner of “Pigs to Rigs.” Although AP reporter Michael Rubikam mentioned it, the most important aspect of the Cabot Oil & Gas lawsuit against Ray Kemble is not what Ray did, but what his attorneys did. Fractivist commenters, no doubt writing from basement apartments in their elderly parents’ homes, have imagined it was all about speech and the AP headline lent undeserved credibility to that side of things.

Let’s be honest, though, nothing water-bottle shooting Ray Kemble has ever said on on the subject of gas has resonated credibility with anyone. No, although it sure would be nice to know who’s paying big Ray’s airfares around the country, and that may well come out in discovery, having Ray speak against you is like having Rosie O’Donell hating you, if you know what I mean. The real issue, which I suspect most observers haven’t much noticed, is the action of “Pigs to Rigs” trial lawyer Charlie Speer and cohorts in filing a lawsuit against Cabot on an already settled case—a big legal no-no.

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Pig Farm Trial Lawyer Objections to Dimock Lawsuit Overruled

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Charlie Speer, the trial lawyer trying to cultivate a new line of profitable litigation to replace lucrative pig farm lawsuits, isn’t doing so well in court.

Ray Kemble’s legal team, which is on the hook for bringing an already settled case back to court and acting as if there never was one, isn’t faring so well in court. Charlie Speer, the Midwest trial lawyer who’s looking to replace his pig suing business with rig suing business raised numerous objections to Cabot’s lawsuit against him and the team, but all but one (which Cabot voluntarily withdrew before the ruling) have been been overruled by the court.

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Vera Scroggins; Above the Law, Or Just In Contempt of It?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Vera Scroggins, like so many fractivists, imagines she’s above the law and can act with impunity toward others, but Cabot Oil & Gas is taking her to task.

Vera Scroggins loves the limelight and lives for it, imagining herself as some sort of heroine for defying the rights of others. Her foul-mouthed antics belie the granny activist schtick she markets to the media and she wears her deliberate defiance of authority as a badge of honor among the gallery of rogues with whom she associates. She “plays the martyr” well to a point but, unlike a lot of industry folks who prefer attempting to wish her away, Cabot Oil & Gas has been directly challenging her and showing the world who she really is.

The last time Cabot took Vera to court she exposed herself at court as a very conniving sarcastic individual, which is never a smart thing to do with judges, and she got a $1,000 trespass fine as a result, along with a stern judicial lecture. Now, she’s defied the court itself and Cabot is asking for a bigger penalty. Good!

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Dimock Junkyard Plaintiff Ray Kemble Stars in “Pigs to Rigs – Act II”

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Cabot Oil & Gas lawsuit against a gang of “pigs to rigs” trial lawyers and their Dimock junkyard plaintiff Ray Kemble advanced yesterday with hilarity.

Act II in the “Pig to Rigs” lawsuit took place yesterday inn Montrose at the Susquehanna County Courthouse. Act I took place, of course, when Cabot Oil & Gas filed a lawsuit against seedy pig farm suer Charlie Speer, his Luzerne County trial lawyer associates and Ray Kemble, the Dimock junkyard plaintiff fractivists have resorted to using as their poster child, despite his complete lack of credence.

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DRBC Torment Won’t Stop Me from Defending the People of the Delaware

Bill Shaughnessy
Wayne County, Pennsylvania Landowner

 

Bill Shaughnessy fights for what he learned from his Dad and Mom and the people of the Delaware against the DRBC tyrants and their land use power grab.

Its been seven years almost to the day that I was sitting with my dying father, his family at his side, going over the lease we had just received from Hess through an alliance of neighbors known as NWPOA (Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance). It was not exactly a time of celebration, but my father took solace in knowing the 228 acres he and my mom had worked so hard to retain and improve for over the years was not only going to stay in the family indefinitely, but would shape the rest of the lives of his children, grandchildren, and beyond.

The property in Damascus Township we grew up on, learned to care for, respect, and protect would be able to give back for generations, yet still remain almost completely intact. He was aware of what was involved with hydraulic fracturing and studied the effects and leases from multiple gas companies before signing. He knew long after he was gone the future of our family would be changed forever. What my parents didn’t know was the battle that lay ahead with a relatively unknown entity at the time known as the DRBC.

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“Pigs to Rigs” Lawyers, Dimock Junkyard Plaintiff Sued by Cabot

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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An overdue lawsuit by Cabot Oil & Gas has been filed against a gang of “pigs to rigs” trial lawyers and their Dimock junkyard plaintiff Ray Kemble.

I have joyous news for all our readers. Cabot Oil & Gas has fired a shot against the seedy trial lawyers and even seedier hustlers trying to earn fame and money with jugs of brown water and filthy accusations surrounding Dimock. Cabot has filed a lawsuit against pig farm suer Charlie Speer, his Luzerne County trial lawyer associates and Ray Kemble, the Dimock junkyard plaintiff fractivists have descended to using as an example despite his complete lack of credibility on virtually anything.

It’s a $5 million lawsuit enjoyable to read for entertainment but, more than that and the obvious quest for justice, this is a glorious opportunity to expose some of the special interests behind fractivism. Discovery is going to be a nightmare for Speer, Kemble and allies.

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Another Dimock ATSDR Study? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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It’s back! There is another Dimock ATSDR study underway, proving how easy it is for fractivists to manipulate government into the ridiculous and the corrupt.

How many times will they get away with it? There’s now yet another Dimock ATSDR study of water wells taking place at the request of fractivists. Readers of this blog will recall this follows another Dimock ATSDR study conducted in 2012, when the EPA came to town to test wells and had the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) analyze the results.

That study was instigated by Josh Fox and now forgotten people such as Craig Sautner who bombarded the EPA with complaints until they relented and did a study proving just how ridiculous the fractivist claims really were, at which point Sautner went apoplectic, turned on the agency and self-destructed in an epic blazing flameout. (Must watch video here.)

Now, it’s “déjà vu all over again.”

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Fracking Brings Relief for Struggling Farmers

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Struggling farmers in the Marcellus region are often a thing of the past because of fracking. Natural gas has reinvigorated communities and saved countless farms.

Farming has always been a labor of love and profits were not necessarily the outcome. In recent years, as the economy took a downturn, farmers were especially hit hard. Milk prices were at an all-time low and gas was at an all-time high. Many faced more expenses than income.

When fracking came along, struggling farmers, with their vast amounts of land, had a perfect opportunity to change things and get some much needed income. Essentially saving their farms from bankruptcy.

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