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Pigs to Rigs Lawyer Caught Up In “Stupid Is As Stupid Does” Stunt

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Defendants got caught up in “stupid is as stupid does” stunt on their own side as a Cabot lawsuit against a “pigs to rigs” trial lawyer proceeded last week.

Act IV in the “Pig to Rigs” lawsuit took place last week in the Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose, Pennsylvania and, in less than 15 minutes, it revealed everything. County Judge Jason Legg even went to Forrest Gump for an explanation of what he described as a “stupid is as stupid does” stunt he attributed to Ray Kemble, the once plaintiff and now defendant, in the “Pigs to Rigs” lawsuit.

The stunt was bad enough that it caused Kemble’s latest lawyer to temporarily move to withdraw from the case. That was amazing enough but what the Judge probably doesn’t know was this; the stunt appears to have been orchestrated by a fractivist who had all the facts in his possession and knew there was no justification whatsoever for any of Ray’s claims then or now.

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It’s Difficult to Reimagine Natural Gas Without Nick Grealy

penneast pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Our friend, Nick Grealy, a guest blogger here and passionate proselytizer for natural gas around the world has passed away. He sought to “reimagine gas.”

He had recently announced he was confident he’d make it a few more months but then, shortly thereafter, I noticed the tweets had stopped and knew it couldn’t be good. I searched the internet and found an excellent piece by Ruth Marcus at her Drill Or Drop? blog confirming my fears. She captured something special about Nick, you didn’t have to agree with him to respect his passion and his wit. He and I agreed on most things gas and I loved reposting his pieces coming at the issue from a very different perspective than my own, yet ending up in the same place.

We had very different views on pretty much everything else but I gave him two different tours of the gas fields of Northeastern Pennsylvania. While I had followed his No Hot Air blog (a/k/a Reimagine Gas) long before, I came to know his affinity for common facts, the common man and common sense. I took him to the Williams Barbecue three years ago and he loved every minute of it. I had, on a earlier visit, given him a tour of Dimock and he was enthralled with the real story and what he saw that was so different than the myth heard on the other side of the Atlantic. That was Nick Grealy and, with permission, I’m sharing below the Ruth Marcus post acknowledging his contributions.

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The Three Stooges Return to Do Stupid Frack Trick in Dimock?

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The Cabot Oil & Gas lawsuit, incredibly enough, has prompted a return of The Three Stooges (Huston, Kemble & Stevens) to Dimock, to do a stupid frack trick.

Well, it’s multiple stupid frack tricks to be honest and they’re so stupid, one has to wonder if the game isn’t finally up for these fractivists. Earlier today, Dimock junkyard plaintiff, now defendant, Ray Kemble pulled another stunt which ranks right up there with some of his previous greatest hits, such as the time when he told others “you’re going to be in a body bag after you drink that water” referring to his tests of his water supply.

Today was yet another adventure in absurdity. Kemble, aided by motormouth buddies Craig Stevens of Energy In Denial and brown jug fame, and Bill Huston, the SRBC hearing hummer (yes, really), apparently held a press conference at the Dimock Post Office to announce he was mailing three letters. I can only imagine the reaction of postmaster seeing a Three Stooges episode unfold in a post office that hasn’t seen this much attention since the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes entry forms arrived.

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Message to Gas Industry: DRBC Hearings Were Missed Opportunity

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Dan Markind says the natural gas industry missed a great opportunity to get the facts about fracking out to the uninformed at the DRBC hearings.

The Delaware River Basin Commission held public hearings last week on the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in the basin.  On Thursday, the DRBC met near Philadelphia International Airport.

Public comment lasted three hours.  Each speaker was allowed three minutes.  Within the first half hour, a man named Jonathan Lutz from the American Petroleum Institute stated that the industry supports 320,000 jobs and encourages healthy regulation but opposes the full ban. He questioned the science quoted by many of the speakers.  After his three minutes, Mr. Lutz walked out (at least I think so, I didn’t see him afterwards).

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What You Probably Didn’t Notice About That Dimock Case

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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

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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?

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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”

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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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Fracking the Delaware River Basin: It’s About Time!

John J. IntervalJohn J. Interval
Professional Petroleum Geologist.

 

John J. Interval explains how fracking the Delaware River Basin would provide long term economic benefits, growth and jobs.

There is no overstating the importance of allowing fracking for natural gas in the Delaware River Basin. It could produce as much as $435 million worth of natural gas annually, bringing huge economic benefits and creating manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to a study done by Gerald Kauffman, director of the University of Delaware’s Delaware Water Resources Center.

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The Dividing Line Between Upstate NY Distress and PA Success

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

 

Upstate NY has 53 “distressed communities.” Comparing the worst to two Pennsylvania shale communities shows us Gov. Corruptocrat’s fracking ban didn’t help.

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association “dividing line” video tells a powerful story but the most compelling part of that story is told in Census data. The American Community Survey is the tool the Census Bureau uses to estimate population, incomes and the like on an annual basis. It has proven quite accurate and I went to it yesterday to check out the facts on a rural community in Chenango County, New York know as the Town of Plymouth. It’s not far from Norwich and part of the Southern Tier of New York that has been denied fracking by Gov. Corruptocrat at the behest of gentry class families hoping to empty out as much of Upstate as possible. Plymouth explains a lot.

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