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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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PennFuture Wins A Contest: Commonwealth’s Biggest Liar

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

PennFuture is one of Pennsylvania’s phoniest outfits, but they’ve outdone themselves and won a contest for the Commonwealth’s biggest liar with recent mail.

I just received an email being circulated by PennFuture in an attempt to stop the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from approving House Resolution 515, which directly challenges the DRBC decision to consider a fracking ban. It’s stunning as to the degree of lying.

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DRBC Members Admit Gas Drilling and Fracking Is Safe? What Gives?

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

Members of the DRBC considering a fracking ban have just admitted the gas drilling and fracking are safe. What kind of political chicanery is going on here?

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is composed of five members consisting of the states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania plus the Federal government represented by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (DRBC) is composed of four members consisting of the states of Maryland New York and Pennsylvania plus the Federal government represented by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The majority of both commissions consists of the same parties. What the SRBC knows, the DRBC knows and vice-versa. Moreover, they operate under virtually identical compacts. Both provide drinking water for millions. Yet, DRBC is pretending the threats to drinking water are so great that fracking must be banned, while the SRBC is admitting it is safe and has had no impact on water quality. Why is the DRBC lying?

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DRBC Trying to Steal Pennies from Dead Man’s Eyes?

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

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Make no mistake about it; the DRBC is engaged in a despicable enterprise that’s a lot like stealing pennies from a dead man’s eyes, according to Bob Nolan.

While delivering his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a very cogent observation regarding a freeman’s rights:

“And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

That’s the same John F. Kennedy who, on November 2, 1961, stated:

“Its significance lies in the unique character of the compact and the great hope for comprehensive plans for full and effective development of the Delaware River Valley”.

That second quote was at the White House signing of the Delaware River Basin Compact when the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) was formed, a day of infamy it may be turning out.

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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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UDRBC Formed to Fight for Upper Delaware Citizens

UDRBCUDRBCNed Lang and Betty Sutliff
Upper Delaware River Basin
Citizens

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A new landowner group, UDRBC, has been formed to fight back against the DRBC and anyone else threatening the rights of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens.

With the DRBC continuing to encroach upon property owner rights in the Delaware River Watershed, the need for a coalition spanning multiple counties and multiple states has never been greater. Members of the Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) believe this; for the people who actually live and work here, life in the basin is about more than a river. It is also not just landowners looking to lease their land for natural gas exploration who are impacted by the continued efforts of the DRBC to overregulate this region.

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The Down River Balderdash Club (DRBC) That Uses Gas

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

 

The cowardly DRBC that wants us to imagine it’s fearful of what natural gas production might mean for the river basin is full of balderdash – it uses gas!

The resolution to consider some vague sort of ban on fracking in the Delaware River basin wasn’t the only one adopted by the DRBC on September 13, 2017. There was another and this one makes a mockery of everything proclaimed in the one everyone’s writing about.

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Rep. Jonathan Fritz Calls Foul on DRBC Frack Ban

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

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Rep. Jonathan Fritz, a native of Wayne County, Pennsylvania has called foul on the members of the DRBC and their double-standards when it comes to fracking.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives member Jonathan Fritz, Republican from Wayne County, is one of the rising stars in the Pennsylvania House. MDN editor Jim Willis has met and spoken with Rep. Fritz twice. Great guy. Conservative. Head screwed on straight. And, he’s called foul on the DRBC ban resolution with one his own.

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DRBC Sitting on $30 Million of Cash and Investments

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

 

The latest DRBC audit shows this government agency is setting on roughly $30 million of cash and investments, even while it begs for money from taxpayers.

Nobody was more pleased than me when Pennsylvania opted recently to cut its DRBC contribution to $217,000 but it should forever be cut to zero next time. Why? Because the agency is sitting on roughly $30 million of cash and investments from business profits from its reservoir operations. Moreover, over $19 million of that consists of unrestricted funds. The DRBC has all the resources it needs without any help from Pennsylvania.

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Land Grabbers Threaten Our Most Precious Rights

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman talks about the land grabbers behind the recent DRBC resolution to consider a fracking ban, their motives and his own plans to resist it all.

What’s on my mind today? Facebook asks this of me every day. Let me answer—as bluntly as I possibly can. The recent DRBC vote was disgusting culmination of a disgusting process underway in this country as land grabbers threaten not only to take our land but also our every right.

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