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Carpetbagging Delaware Riverkeeper Loses SWPA Case

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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The Delaware Riverkeeper, financed by the Haas and Wallace families to kill Keystone State fracking and opportunity, just lost big in a Southwestern PA case.

THE Delaware Riverkeeper (i.e. Maya van Rossum) and a small group of anti-drilling parents from the Mars School District (“Martians”) in Butler County, Pennsylvania (more than 200 miles from the Delaware River, the protection of which is supposedly the former’s mission) have just suffered a crushing defeat in their years-long battle to prevent Rex Energy from drilling wells “near” a local school.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Earning Title As the Biggest Loser

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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There are few organizations more litigious or nasty than the Delaware Riverkeeper. It’s earning a reputation as the “biggest loser” with the Federal Courts.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit slapped down THE Delaware Riverkeeper in yet another crushing defeat for the virulent anti-fossil fuel organization (and mouthpiece for the William Penn Foundation, its main funder). Even though Williams’ Transco Leidy Southeast expansion project went online some 18 months ago, Riverkeeper sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) some 14 months ago over its approval of the project.

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How the Funders of the Delaware Riverkeeper Live

SolarCity - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper, a shameless opponent of any economic development of the Upper Delaware region, is funded by rich elitists who want it for playtime.

No group has done more to fight against the interests of those trying to make a living in the Upper Delaware region than the Delaware Riverkeeper. It is primarily enabled by the William Penn Foundation, a private foundation created and tightly controlled by the Haas family, heirs of a fortune made in chemicals, who spend enormous sums on fractivist initiatives.

We’ve written about them numerous times, of course, and pointed out how the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Foundation and the Delaware River Basin Commission, along with other shill organizations, have effectively colluded to deny the Upper Delaware region any hope for real economic progress related to gas drilling, even as neighboring areas enjoy the benefits. The Foundation, though, is where the money comes from and we’ve spent too little time laying out exactly who the Haas family is and how they live while financing the demise of our economy.

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Flying Solo: The Uncivil Story of How Fracking Opposition Arises

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Fracking opposition is largely financed by the gentry class and other special interests. No better example exists than the Civil Society Institute. The following is an updated version of a story we did here three years ago on this phony outfit.

It sometimes has the appearance of a grass roots rebellion. An empathetic media is only too happy to report it as such, but fracking opposition is cultivated, funded and promoted by the America’s gentry class.

The names pop up regularly in the news as if there repeated sudden outbursts of public opposition to fracking, a pipeline project or a LNG port. Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Clean Air Council, Dakota Resource Council,  Delaware Riverkeeper, Environmental Advocates of New York, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Otsego 2000, Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Responsible Drilling Alliance — these are the names of supposedly grass-roots anti-fracking organizations from across the country. They are, in reality, satellite operations of gentry class special interest groups.

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Deep Green Resistance and Friends More Red Than Green

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Deep Green Resistance is both radical and dangerous and it’s made alliances with the favorite fractivist shills of a supposedly respectable gentry class.

Deep Green Resistance is a very dangerous organization. The group’s operation manual, “Decisive Ecological Warfare,” is a diatribe on how to “disrupt and dismantle industrial civilization.” Among the strategies for doing so is “engag[ing] in direct militant actions against industrial infrastructure, especially energy infrastructure.” The whole enterprise is “aimed at identifying key points and bottlenecks in the adversary’s system (electrical, transport, financial, and so on) and engaging them to collapse those systems or reduce their functionality.” Deep Green Resistance is radically opposed to civilization as we know it and it has friends in strange places.

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Gentry Class Op Clean Air Council Rebuffed on Mariner East 2

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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Despite the desperate attempts by the Clean Air Council, a PA Judge will not reconsider his ruling on the building of the Mariner East 2 pipelines.

As we reported earlier this week, Sunoco Logistics Partners has begun active construction activities related to building the twin Mariner East 2 pipelines. Last week the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) gave its final approval for the project.

It didn’t take long for a coordinated attack from the enviro left–THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and the Mountain Watershed Association. Their efforts failed when a judge rejected a last-minute plea to stop construction. However, Maya & Friends went back to the judge, claiming there was “new” information, and would he ‘pretty please’ reconsider?

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Bostonian Buffoonery: Gentry Class Opposes Atlantic Bridge

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Natural Gas NOW

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Two gentry class senators from Massachusetts, living in Washington, want to stop the Atlantic Bridge pipeline project and let their voters back home freeze.

Are there two more smug condescending gentry class members of the US Senate then Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren? No. These two Bostonian buffoons have sold their souls to radical environmentalist causes and they’ve opposed every effort to bring more natural gas to Massachusetts and the rest of New England. They prefer Boston and such continue to rely upon foreign imports of LNG, while they sleep comfortably in Washington DC.

Their latest maneuver, clearly choreographed by their fractivist supporters, is to challenge a recent FERC certificate issued for the Atlantic Bridge pipeline project by arguing the loss of a FERC quorom denies opportunities for appeals. It’s a silly stunt in the mold of the Delaware Povertykeeper’s attempts to stop new FERC appointments. It won’t go anywhere but it pleases the radical base that donates to their campaigns, so they’re more than willing to sacrifice the comfort of their ordinary constituents. If Boston’s history of snowstorms is any guide they could be sorry, although as all pols do, they’ll reverse course and blame others at that point.

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A Laughable Junk Science Study on the PennEast Pipeline

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Povertykeeper has commissioned the most laughable, ridiculous junk science study imaginable on the economic impact of the PennEast Pipeline.

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper is out touting a new economic impact study, secured by the group, that claims a $13.3 to $56.6 billion negative economic impact from the PennEast Pipeline. I heard about this study a few days ago but, knowing anything from the Povertykeeper was likely to be something on the order of a Tarot Card reading, I paid little attention. Concerned readers, though, more or less insisted I do so. I have now reviewed it and can tell you it was well, worth reading for the laughs.

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Tanning Chemical Fortune Pollutes Delaware River Politics

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Haas family, heirs to a fortune made in tanning chemicals, is using the William Penn Foundation to pollute Delaware River politics everywhere one looks.

Jim Willis has a great post over at Marcellus Drilling News regarding a StateImpactPA story about the work of the latter’s own benefactor, the William Penn Foundation. As Jim notes:

One of the worst of the worst non-profit organizations that continues to fund anti-shale activities in the Marcellus/Utica is the William Penn Foundation. By all rights their non-profit (i.e. tax-free) status issued by the IRS should be revoked because of their overt support of anti-fracking initiatives. But we’re not holding our breath … Millions of dollars buys a lot of influence (and a lot of people) … StateImpactPA is a mouthpiece for William Penn. So we found it interesting that they ran an article (no doubt commissioned by William Penn) that admits William Penn and nearly $100 million (from William Penn and other sources) is at the nexus of some 40 “conservation” groups colluding in their attempt to keep development out of the Delaware River Basin. That development includes farming and shale drilling.

StateImpactPA‘s story is, as might be expected, is a puff piece. It discusses something called the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, questions what it has achieved in cleaning up water quality, concludes it’s not much at all and then hypes the future potential. The real story, of course, isn’t told at all.

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Martians, Backed by Carpetbagger Riverkeeper, Try to Stymie Rex

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper is giving legal help to a group of radical parents (Martians) against Rex Energy in an area nowhere near their river basin. Why? 

MDN previously reported on the injustice happening in Butler County, PA where a handful of anti-drilling parents from the Mars School District (“Martians”), backed by money and legal help from Philadelphia Big Green groups Delaware Riverkeeper and Clean Air Council, have filed frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit. The effort is aimed at denying landowners in Middlesex Township revenue from legally permitted drilling.

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