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Dimock Fractivists Do Weapons Grade Deflection and Obfuscation

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Unbelievable as it may be, fractivists are trying to pull their Dimock tale out of the dustbin of history by defending a “weapons grade” uranium charge.

It’s time to do one of those “you can’t make this stuff up” stories. This one, predictably has to do with Dimock, the original tall tale of fracking. It grows out of the response to my “Pigs to Rigs” post about Cabot’s suit against pig farm lawyer Charlie Speer and his client; junkyard plaintiff Ray Kemble.

The article brought numerous cheers from Susquehanna County residents and others familiar with the saga who were thoroughly pleased to see the tables turned on the not-so-funny jokers in their midst. Media types, apparently tired of trying to make something serious out of wild Craig Stevens, Ray Kemble and Vera Scroggins accusations, mostly shrugged it off.

But, one hard-core fractivist by the name of Hope Forpeace (real name) thinks the “Pigs to Rigs” lawsuit is somehow a fatal mistake for Cabot and the industry. Her rationale? Cabot really did pollute Dimock wells with “weapons grade uranium.”

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“Pigs to Rigs” Lawyers, Dimock Junkyard Plaintiff Sued by Cabot

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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An overdue lawsuit by Cabot Oil & Gas has been filed against a gang of “pigs to rigs” trial lawyers and their Dimock junkyard plaintiff Ray Kemble.

I have joyous news for all our readers. Cabot Oil & Gas has fired a shot against the seedy trial lawyers and even seedier hustlers trying to earn fame and money with jugs of brown water and filthy accusations surrounding Dimock. Cabot has filed a lawsuit against pig farm suer Charlie Speer, his Luzerne County trial lawyer associates and Ray Kemble, the Dimock junkyard plaintiff fractivists have descended to using as an example despite his complete lack of credibility on virtually anything.

It’s a $5 million lawsuit enjoyable to read for entertainment but, more than that and the obvious quest for justice, this is a glorious opportunity to expose some of the special interests behind fractivism. Discovery is going to be a nightmare for Speer, Kemble and allies.

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Another Dimock ATSDR Study? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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It’s back! There is another Dimock ATSDR study underway, proving how easy it is for fractivists to manipulate government into the ridiculous and the corrupt.

How many times will they get away with it? There’s now yet another Dimock ATSDR study of water wells taking place at the request of fractivists. Readers of this blog will recall this follows another Dimock ATSDR study conducted in 2012, when the EPA came to town to test wells and had the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) analyze the results.

That study was instigated by Josh Fox and now forgotten people such as Craig Sautner who bombarded the EPA with complaints until they relented and did a study proving just how ridiculous the fractivist claims really were, at which point Sautner went apoplectic, turned on the agency and self-destructed in an epic blazing flameout. (Must watch video here.)

Now, it’s “déjà vu all over again.”

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“Your Energy America” Hits A Nerve with Fake News Fractivists

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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The oil and gas industry dares to speak up for itself with “Your Energy America” and is labeled fake by fractivists; the major purveyors of really fake news. 

The oil and gas industry has made technological advances in the past decade that have reduced risks, operational costs and environmental footprints. It does its job in this arena extraordinarily well, but has traditionally lacked one major component it truly needs: effective public relations. Oh, yes, the companies all have PR programs and a few are even standout examples of how to get a message out, but, by and large, the PR is simply a term for mushy, meaningless news releases that can get by the lawyers, which is no way to educate or make a pitch that will be heard by anyone.

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Speculative Testimony Doesn’t Cut It in Dimock Case

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Judge in Dimock case orders new trial; plaintiff’s evidence was based on speculative testimony and unable to support the conclusion of the jury.

Last week, Judge Martin Carlson of the Middle District of Pennsylvania kicked asunder one of the pillars of the “Fracking Is Evil” movement when he vacated the jury award of $4.24 million to the plaintiffs in the case of Nolen Scott Ely v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.   The jury verdict, in a case actually tried before Judge Carlson, is the culmination of the now famous Dimock, Pennsylvania situation made famous by “environmental activists” like Josh Fox, Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo.  To the movement, “Dimock” has become synonymous with industry negligence and malfeasance.  Judge Carlson’s opinion now casts doubt on that characterization.

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The “Tragic” Performances That Led to the Dimock Verdict

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Dimock verdict overturn by Judge Carlson tells the story of what he describes as a “tragic” pre-trial event and performance by the plaintiffs’ counsel.

Absorbing the full impact of Judge Carlson’s decision overturning the Dimock verdict on Friday requires reading his decision multiple times. There is so, so much there. It is packed full of insights as to how the fractivist cause has been pursued to the detriment of all involved, including the plaintiffs themselves, who were used like puppets in an ideological campaign against oil and gas development. Carlson used the word “tragic” to describe a pre-trial disaster at the hands of Attorney Leslie Lewis, counsel for the plaintiffs. The word is hardly typical of legal argument and obviously wasn’t chosen lightly. It is, nonetheless, absolutely correct.

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StateImpactPA Is Part of A Fractivist Freak Show

bob nolan reports on delaware riverkeeperBob Nolan
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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The March 31st StateImpactPA article entitled “Judge cancels jury award to Dimock families; orders new trial” is a typical fractivist freak show in print.

A glance to the right of the StateImpactPA headline shot below reveals the clutches of the sleazy Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation. Both organizations spend millions to deprive middle class citizens of their God given property rights for the benefit of a wealthy few (read all about it here):

StateImpactPA

StateImpactPA is one of their tools.

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Rubin and Ingraffea Play Role in Dimock Verdict Overturn

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Dimock verdict now having been overturned, it’s worth looking how fractivist experts did in the eyes of the judge. They didn’t impress him much at all.

Yesterday afternoon came the great news that the Dimock verdict had been overturned by Judge Carlson, the man who heard the entire case. For the record, Carlson not only but bent over backwards to accord the plaintiffs’ counsel respect they refused to give others, but he also stood on his tiptoes, stretched his arms and legs as far as they would go and offered to do somersaults to give the plaintiffs the opportunity to make their case.

Anyone who was there for any part of the trial could see that. Indeed, my view is Judge Carlson went too far in tolerating the plaintiffs’ counsel tactics and wasn’t explicit enough with the jury when he gave final instructions. He also allowed in very speculative expert witness testimony by the plaintiffs though he was anything but impressed by it.

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Truth, Justice and Vindication: Dimock Verdict Overturned

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The insane Dimock verdict rendered last year has been overturned, the jury’s decision bearing “no discernible relationship to the evidence” says the judge.

Friday can be a wonderful day and this one is especially so. The Dimock verdict rendered last year by an out-of-control jury that paid no attention to the evidence has been overturned. The $4 million award to the plaintiffs has entered the universe of wild dreams from which one awakes to find the world is still right-side up. Truth, justice and vindication have been dispensed.

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The Shrinking Fractivist Play Book Down to the Flea Flicker

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

 

The fractivist play book keeps shrinking and they’re now down to flea flicker type moves that attract attention but seldom deliver anything but big losses.

Football, if it weren’t for the ridiculous politicization of the game this year, gets interesting in  December as marginal teams take chances to improve their prospects for getting into title games. One of the oddest of such maneuvers is the flea flicker play. It appears our fractivist friends have resorted to it with a bizarre accusation that the EPA fracking was modified to please the industry. Folks, if the fractivist play book is down to this, the game is over.

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