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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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Why Some Media Organizations Are Fractivist Sympathizers

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

 

A recent editorial in the Scranton Times explains why so many media organizations are so sympathetic to fractivism; they’re gentry class NIMBYs themselves.

Our regular commenter, Karen Orlando, has, for many months, like a voice in the wilderness of New York City, been articulating perhaps the greatest problem facing those of us who believe in natural gas. It is the gigantic failure of media organizations to cover what’s really behind most of fractivism or even relate the most salient facts. Here’s some of what she offered recently:

Without incompetent media and the politicians, the [fractivist] movement would have been a failure years ago…

While many people [have] talked about echochambers, media bias and people living in bubbles, I never would have believed it would be impossible to get the … press to cover what is happening with this movement and tell the truth about it. Unfortunately. I have found that one cannot get reporters to use facts in their reporting [or] make corrections … It’s a sad say for the country indeed. The press can no longer discern what reality and facts are.

There are many explanations for this, of course. Reporters have political views and most of them run in one direction. Journalism teach more activism than writing these days. Rabble-rousing always makes a great story. There is another reason, though, and I suspect it is one of the most powerful; media organizations are typically owned by a gentry class opposed to development anywhere near their favorite second-homes and vacation areas.

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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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Tom Wolf; You’re No Friend of the Working Family

Josh Fox Fundraiser - Betty Sutliff Reports on the LiesBetty Sutliff
Wayne County Landowner
Member of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance

 

Betty Sutliff writes a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf reminding him of a landowners meeting held with the Governor and how far he’s strayed from what he told them.

September 8, 2017

The Honorable Tom Wolf
Governor of Pennsylvania
225 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Re:  DRBC Plans to Ban Fracking

Dear Governor Wolf:

On February 2, 2015, I mailed a letter to you regarding statements you made in your inaugural address.  Wanting to hold your feet to the fire, I challenged you to a meeting with the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance executive team and the Wayne County Commissioners.  With Senator Lisa Baker also in attendance, we met with you on June 8th.  A follow up thank you letter, including a summary of the three key points discussed at the meeting, was sent to you on June 11th. The following shows a comparison of excerpts of my initial letter, including quotes from your inaugural address, and the key points in the summary of our meeting.

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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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