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Anti-Fracking Spectacle Held on Eve of DNC Convention

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

 

On the eve of the Philadelphia DNC, thousands of the anti-fracking crowd came out to urge policy makers to ban fracking now.

Depending on the source you read, somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 rabid Bernie Sanders fans marched in Philadelphia the other night, on the eve of the Democrat National Convention. Their raison d’etre? To “DEMAND” a national ban on fracking.

If true (one never knows with habitual liars), an anti-fracking crowd of that size is the biggest we’ve heard of. Congrats! Apparently there were two different groups marching, they couldn’t even coordinate a unified march. Typical. Below is some of the coverage of these wackos marching in the sweltering heat last night.

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Exposing the FERC Intervenor Game and Fighting Back

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Has the natural gas midstream industry finally developed a spine? It appears so, as someone is finally challenging the FERC intervenor game fractivists play.

Could it be? Have the natural gas industry’s midstream players finally awoken from their slumber to fight back? I certainly hope so. I don’t know he finds all this stuff, but my good friend Jim Willis, over at Marcellus Drilling News, has found evidence it has. (Word to the wise; if you don’t have an MDN subscription you need to sign up.) Yes, we’re seeing a new spirit among the midstream folks here and there recently. They realize, some of them at least, that they’re in a fight and they’re fighting back. Thank God!

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DRBC Caving Into Pressure to Hassle PennEast Pipeline

shel cracker - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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The DRBC, once again, is ignoring their legal boundaries and acting like they have some sort of power over the approval of the PennEast Pipeline.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), charged with overseeing potential impacts on the Delaware River and the various tributaries that feed it, has once again stepped outside of its legal bounds. The PennEast Pipeline is a $1 billion, 118-mile pipeline from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ–part of it through the Delaware River Basin area.

In 2014 the DRBC tried to tell PennEast and its sponsors that the pipeline will need their approval before it can be built. There’s just one teeny tiny problem with that called the U.S. Constitution. The pipeline is regulated solely by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), not any other agency, including the quasi-governmental DRBC.

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The Fruits of Fractivism: Threats of Violence

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

A violent threat against the PennEast Pipeline project illustrates the fruits of fractivism funded by special interests such as the William Penn Foundation.

The William Penn Foundation funded Delaware Riverkeeper and its sister entities at the Clean Air Council, et al have been encouraging active opposition to the PennEast Pipeline, whipping up anger based on wild speculative claims, and now that fractivism has borne the predictable fruit; a man so wound up he has threatened PennEast workers with violence.

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How Fractivists Snow the Media and Bamboozle the Public

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A study of the PennEast Pipeline’s economic benefits got a lot of press recently but the real relationship of the funders to fractivists was ignored by media.

The New Jersey Foundation recently financed an economic study of the PennEast Pipeline. It found the pipeline wasn’t needed, which was hardly a surprise, given the Foundation had taken a hard-line position against the project well over a year earlier. Unfortunately, but very typically, little of the media reporting on the study noted this highly relevant fact, or the sources of funding for the Foundation itself. Fractivists are routinely snowing the media, it seems, and bamboozling the public in the process. The only question is whether reporters are in on the game and in far too many cases we know the answer.

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Lesson from Dimock: Damages Are For Everyone

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Bill Shaughnessy
Wayne County, Pennsylvania Landowner

 

The Dimock verdict offers a lesson, Bill Shaughnessy observes. Life is an endless opportunity for wealth if you know how to fake it.

Today, following the Dimock verdict, I’m wondering why I do what I do to fight for our rights as landowners; why I sometimes hang around the same circles as Maya van Rossum and friends just to get some info that may help our cause. I guess in one way we are lucky. We are just as intelligent as we were two days ago, while public opinion and a fractivist sympathetic media has collectively dropped the IQ of the rest of the world double digits with the coverage of this case (not to mention the insanity of the verdict). Perhaps it’s also a learning opportunity for all of us.

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Enough of this Clean Air Council Con Game!

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The tax-exempt fractivist group known as the Clean Air Council has been using Federal money to attack pipeline development. When will Congress investigate?

We have long known the William Penn Foundation and Heinz Endowments fund the Clean Air Council to attack natural gas development. They’ve been doing it for years now, working in league with the Delaware Povertykeeper, PennFuture, StateImpactPA and other sister entities financed by the same wealthy special interest foundations. It deserves a tax-exemption challenge but there’s something else going on that deserves a Congressional investigation. The Clean Air Council has been using Federal taxpayer funds to help pay for its long-running political campaign against pipeline development.

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Stable Green Economy? Are You Kidding?

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Stories about a mystical future green economy leave out the facts such as declining solar jobs in Pennsylvania while denigrating natural gas contributions.

StateImpactPA published a nice story the other day about the role of Marcellus Shale in economically reviving Philadelphia, but being an organ of the William Penn Foundation, they had, of course, an obligation to offset the good news with some wet blanket quotes from their sister organization, the Delaware Riverkeeper, another shill group for the Foundation. The quote was from Tracy Carlucci, Deputy to Maya van Rossum and sister of one of their board members, and was about the need for “a stable green economy,” as an alternative to oil and gas; another those ephemeral creations used by fractivists to motivate their true believers.

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Time to Investigate Environmental Group Collusion – Sign Up!

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

A handful of fractivists operating under many aliases have been exercising undue political influence. This environmental group collusion needs investigation.

A recent puff piece by Keith Brown of NJ.com hyped the efforts of the Delaware Riverkeeper and her small band of stormtroopers to put pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in what is a blatant effort to delay and ultimately kill the construction of any more pipelines into New Jersey. It was classic suck-up journalism with quotes from Maya van Rossum, the Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper, and Jeff Tittel, the cocky representative of the Sierra Club in the Garden State, but not a single contrary opinion or source.

The subject of the article was another one of these phony letters Maya and company kick out every week or so, supposedly representing the combined efforts of multitudinous organizations and the views of citizens into the millions with respect to some issue on which she’s opining. This time it was a call, on behalf of “165 organizations from all over the country,” for a Government Accounting Office investigation of FERC’s pipeline activities. She claims the agency is “blatantly biased towards the pipeline companies it purports to regulate” and “is misusing legal loopholes and ignoring court orders to advance gas infrastructure projects while preventing the public from exercising their rights to judicial review or fair public participation in the process.”

The only thing that needs investigation is the environmental group collusion so vividly illustrated by this letter.

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Resnikoff Again? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Things have reached the bottom of the barrel, scientifically speaking, if the Delaware Riverkeeper thinks Marvin Resnikoff has any credibility on TENORM.

The Delaware Riverkeeper organization has always teetered on the edge of outright lunacy, but two announcements released from their gas-heated offices in Bristol, Pennsylvania recently suggest it’s now plunging over the side into the depths of eco-insanity. The William Penn Foundation may have to re-evaluate their investment in this dirty tricks outfit.

One was the laughable announcement Maya and friends are going to lead a “Farms Not Fracking” Rally at Pennsylvania Farm Show next month. Supposedly, they’re going to express outrage over this collection of falsehoods:

Fracking is ruining farming in Pennsylvania – cows have been sickened and died, calves still born, vegetable farms destroyed, water polluted, and rural life ruined by industrial gas development.

Having grown up on a farm that benefited enormously from a gas lease a few years ago, attended many Farm Shows and witnessed what gas drilling has done for farmers in Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, the idea of Maya van Rossum, the Radnor brat, showing up there to protest on behalf of farmers is a hoot. It promises to be a repeat performance of former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan showing up to save Dimock a few years ago and getting run out of town.

The second, and far more significant, was the equally laughable news the Riverkeeper was using Marvin Resnikoff to critique Pennsylvania DEP’s TENORM study. It’s like hiring Jimmy Buffet to teach a course on classical music.

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