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Maya Strikes Out in Court Again; On Environmental Rights Amendment

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper has gotten mowed over in court again; this time is a defeat for Maya’s cherished Environmental Rights Amendment.

Ever since the Delaware Riverkeeper conned a soon to retire Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice into using the Commonwealth’s environmental rights amendment for legacy building street cred with his Philadelphia pals. Maya van Rossum, the Delware Riverkeeper in the flesh as she is prone to remind anyone within earshot, has been trying to build on the amendment as if she was the author. She’s, in fact, written a book on the subject and gone to New York to try to sell the concept there, all of this financed by elitist special interests such as the William Penn Foundation.

Maya and radical Attorney Jordan Yeager, together with her frcativist sister shill, the Clean Air Council, having been trying bootstrap the amendment into some sort of super poverty-keeping, de-growthing, job-killing machine. She wants to be known as the Secretariat of extremist environmentalists or, at least as the Joan of Arc of the Hundred Years’ War to make a wilderness of the Delaware River Valley. Her dream of using the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment as the sword to do so, though, just died with a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in yet another case Maya foolishly initiated.

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“Look at Me” Sandra Steingraber Does Stupid Analogy Trick

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Fractivist shill Sandra Steingraber is flustered with our victory over the DRBC and doing stupid analogy tricks to demonstrate how just how shallow she is.

“Look at me” Sandra Steingraber is quite proud of herself. She begins her story on her website describing herself as “acclaimed ecologist and author.” It’s hard to argue the “acclaimed” is not deserved, though, considering the way she brazenly defied all academic standards to peer-review the work of other fractivists for the sake of furthering Governor Corruptocrat’s plundering of Upstate landowners with his fracking ban. She’s most definitely a heroine in her own mind. She makes a point, in fact, of always identifying herself as “Dr.” Sandra Steingraber, which is what not so smart academics do to prove they’re really smart. But, she’s not, as her recent stupid analogies trick demonstrates.

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A Reflection on the Wannabe Kings of Environmentalism Activism

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Independence Day should be a time of reflection on our Declaration. Lincoln had some thoughts in that regard that apply today to environmental activism.

Environmental activism has, over time, become ever more radical and intolerant. Its adherents are, too, ever more intent upon imposing their will on others (for the latter’s own good, of course). They demand others submit to their views, while posturing either as nature’s protector or the representative of a “people” somehow confined only to the like-minded. They talk science and democracy, but advocate ideology and a green tyranny. All this came mind yesterday as I reflected on Independence Day, read a few articles on the subject and considered what it’s all about.

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Victory! DRBC Loses in Federal Court, Good Guys Advance!

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Finally, at long last, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled and it was a clear victory for the good guys and a major defeat for the arrogant DRBC.

When Federal District Court Judge Mariani dismissed the Wayne Land and Mineral Group’s argument that a well pad is not a water project back in March of last year, I noted the following:

The DRBC argued for dismissal on the astounding theory it hadn’t taken any real action to stop drilling. The judge soundly rejected that bizarre theory and used 90% of a 44 page opinion doing so. He then moved the case directly to the Court of Appeals by dismissing the case on language that had yet to be debated, rocketing the case forward for a real decision by the court. No one reading the opinion (please do) can come to any conclusion but that judge rejected DRBC reasoning and kicked the case upstairs.

Well, the 3rd Circuit has now spoken (highlighted copy of opinion here). It has not only rejected every major DRBC argument, but also told Judge Mariani it doesn’t buy his conclusion a “project” is anything that uses water. It’s told him the DRBC Compact is a contract and the term “project” is ambiguous and must be interpreted in light of the contract drafters’ intent. Moreover, it has reminded the judge “that States do not easily cede their sovereign powers, including their control over waters within their own territories,” to the DRBC.

The court also instructed Judge Mariani to get on with it and examine the evidence. This is a huge victory for common sense and reason, both of which lead inevitably to the conclusion a well pad is not a project the DRBC can regulate, even if it does have authority to regulate water withdrawals and discharges.

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The BerlinRosen Nest of Fractivists and Other Vipers

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Collusion among non-profit, tax-exempt charities who blatantly violate IRS lobbying rules is rampant and the BerlinRosen firm is in the center of it all.

What have Americans Against Fracking, Andrew Cuomo, Californians Against Fracking, the Delaware Riverkeeper, Food & Water Watch, Gas Free Seneca, Mark Ruffalo, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York’s Working Families Party, the Jill Stein campaign for President, former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Tom Steyer, NYC’s thrice-named commie Mayor Bill de Blasio, the SEIU and Zephyr Teachout had in common?

They’ve all had connections with the “strategic communications” (grass-roots lobbying) firm of BerlinRosen, which I wrote about here and here. BerlinRosen is the go-to outfit for fractivist strategy. If Jay Halfon is the Fractivist Rasputin, together they represent the Central Committee for the cause and the members are all getting rich doing it, while living in gas-heated homes.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Asks DRBC to Stop Mariner East; Will It Regret It?

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper is forcing an issue with respect to DRBC authority and may (one hopes) come to regret it as others are forced to challenge both.

Here’s the latest strategy in THE Delaware Riverkeeper’s ongoing war against fossil fuels, and against natural gas pipelines in particular: Pressure the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to revoke a permit granted by the agency to the Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline project on the flimsy basis that ME2 has “violated” the conditions of the permit. Frankly, we didn’t even know the DRBC had issued a permit for ME2. After all, ME2 is a state-permitted project and does not come under federal authority.

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Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture Win Battle, But Lose War

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture invested in a Lycoming County case they thought would advance fractivism. They won the battle but lost the war.

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper, which is about anything but the Delaware River (or it wouldn’t be operating in Lycoming County) just won a court battle in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It had to do with Maya van Rossum’s attempt to extend the reach of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment and turn it into a fracking ban. They won the legal battle at the end off the day, but clearly lost the war.

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The Bitter, Miserable, Self-Destructive, Sniveling World of Fractivism

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A picture used by the Delaware Povertykeeper speaks volumes about the nature of fractivism. It is, to echo P.J. O’Rourke, a philosophy of sniveling brats.

One of our readers sent me a link the other day that spoke to the problem with fractivism. It was an appeal by the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper for support for an amendment to the New York state Constitution similar to Pennsylvania’s environmental rights amendment, which, of course, has empowered special interest shills and environmental extremists such as Maya van Rossum with the ability to harass those seeking to do things like bring energy to people and slow down or kill whatever it is they’re doing.

I opened the link and staring me in the face was a picture of a happy Maya in full propagandist mood, speaking about such an amendment, which, of course, she ardently desires. What made me sit up straight and take notice, though, were the sad, miserable faces of those behind her, her legislative supporters. The photo said more about the nature of fractivism than anything I could possibly write.

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