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A Tangled Web Emerges as PennEast Opponents Practice to Deceive

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

 

A recent article in The Daily Signal exposed the tangled web created by PennEast opponents as they have practiced to deceive in their pipeline enmity.

Kevin Mooney did fantastic job with an article the other day at The Daily Signal. Extremely well written and balanced with comments from all sides, it laid bare the deceptions practiced by PennEast opponents. I was quoted, so I’m obviously biased, but Kevin’s in-depth research and reach-outs to the opposition to the PennEast Pipeline was a great example of good old-fashioned journalism. Titled “PennEast Pipeline Backers Tout Lower Energy Prices in Fighting Well-Funded Green Groups,” this piece exposed so many of the faulty premises behind PennEast opposition.

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How Our Land and Natural Rights Are Being Taken and Why

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

 

Keeping the fruit of one’s labor, that is property, is one of our natural rights. It is being taken by those who would steal that fruit for themselves.

Land is property, the fruit of one’s labor. It can only be held through constant labor, in fact, that will pay the taxes and maintain its economic value. Like all property, personal or otherwise, it is one of the natural rights of humans willing to put the labor into making it productive. If we cannot keep the fruits of such labor, we are merely slaves to others or, as Edmund Burke put it, no more than the ants of summer. Today, though, our natural rights in land and property are threatened at every turn by those who would simply steal those fruits for themselves. They are, invariably, those who could afford to pay but would rather not.

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

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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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DRBC Action Is Simply Defensive Move in War for Land

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The DRBC decision yesterday to sometime consider something we haven’t yet seen is getting press but it’s only a defensive move in a bigger war over land.

I don’t have a lot to add to the post I wrote yesterday prior to the DRBC vote on its resolution. It all went as predicted. Tom Wolf betrayed fellow Pennsylvanians, telling them to go pound salt after they failed to pick up on his request for a severance tax bribe, siding with New York second home owners instead. I knew Wolf would be a governor I didn’t much like but I thought he was smarter than this. Turns out he’s just another trust-funder.

But, that’s not why I decided to add an afterthought to this story. What needs to be said is that this is merely a DRBC reaction to the Wayne Land and Minerals Group (WLMG) lawsuit against it. It doesn’t amount to anything and it will have little effect because the lawsuit is where the action is and it will determine the future.

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DRBC Chaos Raising Question of Why We Even Need It

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The DRBC, in an effort to bring order out of self-created chaos, has announced it will consider something today but whatever it is, is deliberately unclear.

It just gets “curiouser and curiouser” as a hopelessly incompetent and politically corrupted Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) composed mostly of the same parties who are the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is forced to react to a lawsuit against it. Today, it will consider a resolution announced, for some strange reason, prior to its meeting but at which no public comment will be permitted. Moreover, the resolution is more ambiguous than a two-headed snake when it comes to direction. The agency is floundering around in a desperate rear-guard defense against a lawsuit by the Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) while appearing to lead on something which it dearly wants to avoid.

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DRBC Not Only Corrupt, But Obviously Incompetent

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Strange chaotic things have been going on at the DRBC recently as members have been replaced, damaging info has been leaked and protests needlessly spurred.

Yesterday, I noted the rumors I had earlier heard and my suppositions regarding the same appeared to be correct. DRBC folks and friends began leaking word all over the place that the agency was set to announce pursuit of a permanent ban on Friday. Our fibbing, supposedly in the know, commenter by the name of “Alphege Hamilcar” suggested it would be on the DRBC website the next day. He/she also wrote to me later to say it was all public knowledge, except it wasn’t.

Someone also leaked to Mike Rubiunkam and told him the news would come Friday, leading to an AP announcement indicating this, which, curiously also quoted Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Povertykeeper. Yet, nothing appeared on the website yesterday, so something, obviously, went wrong but enormous damage has already been done to the DRBC as incompetence has been piled on top of corruption.

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Corrupt DRBC Leaks Like A Sieve; Says Ban in the Works

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A DRBC fracking ban seems to be in the works and members, employees or colluding partners couldn’t wait to release the news. What a corrupt enterprise!

It appears the rumors and my supposition were correct. The DRBC and/or its friends at the Riverkeeper, et al are leaking like a sieve and putting out the word the agency will announce tomorrow that it is pursuing a permanent ban. One of our fractivist commenters who writes under the obvious phony name of Alphege Hamilcar couldn’t wait to get onto to my site to gloat today and suggested looking at the DRBC website tomorrow.

This was followed by an AP announcement indicating this, in fact, is the plan. Interestingly, Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Povertykeeper, was right there for a comment, so perhaps she’s the leaker. Who knows? But, someone is leaking and if there were anything more needed to show what a corrupt agency this one is, this is it.

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Is the William Penn Foundation Planning a DRBC Ban?

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The William Penn Foundation, as a private foundation, is legally prohibited from any lobbying, but it seems to be laying groundwork for a DRBC fracking ban.

There’s something especially rotten going in the Denmark known as the Delaware River Basin. It’s being orchestrated by the William Penn Foundation, which is a private Haas family foundation not legally permitted to do any lobbying whatsoever, but which also has made a standard practice of doing it through surrogates.

These shill outfits, hopelessly indebted to the Foundation for funding, include not only the Delaware Riverkeeper, but also the American Littoral Society from which it was originally spun off. Likewise, just as StateImpactPa serves as a propaganda arm of the Foundation in Pennsylvania, NJ Spotlight plays a similar role in New Jersey, both part of the same echo chamber. Finally, there is the Academy of Natural Sciences where Carol Collier was given a cushy retirement slot after doing the Foundation’s bidding at the DRBC.

These entities, plus another known as the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, are all involved in a very suspicious panel discussion planned for next Friday at Camden Community College that looks an effort to build a foundation for a DRBC fracking ban.

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Conflicted Delaware Riverkeeper Blithely Ignores the Rules

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper is flaunting tax-exemption and other rules and those agencies who entertain the group themselves become conflicted at every turn.

The Delaware Riverkeeper would not exist but for the funding of the Haas, Heinz, Rockefeller Wallace families who aim to make a wilderness of as much of the Northeast as they possibly can. It is the political arm of the William Penn Foundation which, as a private foundation, shouldn’t be engaged in any politics (lobbying) whatsoever but, by handing mega-grants to the Riverkeeper exercises does so in a major way.

There are rules supposedly governing both the foundation and the Delaware Riverkeeper, who are treated as tax-exempt charities both with respect to their operations and the donations made to them by others. Those rules, and others, are blithely flaunted and tie up anyone who deals with the organization into knots. It’s time it was investigated in a serious way.

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The Delaware Riverkeeper’s Personal De-Growth Agenda

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is ever more the personal tool of a leader at war against any growth in her own backyard. The Delaware River is irrelevant.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is supposed to be a 501(c)3 charity. It is, in reality, a political action group financed by the William Penn Foundation and other elitist trust-funders. It’s fundamental purpose is to lay the foundation for land grabs up and down the Delaware. It’s focus is fighting oil and gas and other development everywhere, as such development presents a distinct obstacle to its “strategic parkification” plans.

The Delaware Riverkeeper personified, of course, is Maya van Rossum, who is assisted by her Deputy Executive Director, Tracy Carluccio, the sister of the long-time chair of the organization and its effective representative on the New Jersey Highlands Council. The whole thing is very much an inside operation. Moreover, the organization is essentially now serving as the personal weapon of these two individuals to pursue their own NIMBY and radical de-growth agendas as they lend a hand to the efforts of the NRDC gang and the Haas family to make a wilderness of much of the region; the Delaware River merely being the excuse to attract funding for these sundry activities.

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