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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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Is the William Penn Foundation Planning a DRBC Ban?

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

 

The William Penn Foundation, as a private foundation, is legally prohibited from any lobbying, but it seems to be laying groundwork for a DRBC fracking ban.

There’s something especially rotten going in the Denmark known as the Delaware River Basin. It’s being orchestrated by the William Penn Foundation, which is a private Haas family foundation not legally permitted to do any lobbying whatsoever, but which also has made a standard practice of doing it through surrogates.

These shill outfits, hopelessly indebted to the Foundation for funding, include not only the Delaware Riverkeeper, but also the American Littoral Society from which it was originally spun off. Likewise, just as StateImpactPa serves as a propaganda arm of the Foundation in Pennsylvania, NJ Spotlight plays a similar role in New Jersey, both part of the same echo chamber. Finally, there is the Academy of Natural Sciences where Carol Collier was given a cushy retirement slot after doing the Foundation’s bidding at the DRBC.

These entities, plus another known as the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, are all involved in a very suspicious panel discussion planned for next Friday at Camden Community College that looks an effort to build a foundation for a DRBC fracking ban.

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Delaware River Fractivists Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper and other Delaware River fractivists are apparently very afraid the DRBC moratorium will be lifted and rightly so.

Our friends over at Energy In Depth have nailed it with their observations about the effects of a DRBC lawsuit. Delaware River fractivists of all stripes have every reason to be afraid, Seth Whitehead says, and he’s exactly correct. They’re showing their fear with one of those bogus petition efforts in which they engage from time to time whenever they want to rattle their swords.

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DRBC Power Grab Challenged at 3rd Circuit

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A DRBC power grab, encouraged by radical fractivists and enabled by cowardly leadership, is challenged with a compelling appeal made to the 3rd Circuit.

The Delaware River Basin Commission has made a bid for control over every aspect of life in the watershed. This DRBC power grab is not going down without a fight, though, and it’s coming from aggrieved landowners who know exactly what is at stake. They have a very compelling argument. The matter is now before the 3rd Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, where one hopes this out-of-control agency, responsible to no one, will finally be forced to operate within the actual authority granted it. If the justices bother to read the history of the DRBC and look at its record — all detailed in the appeal — there can be but one answer; the DRBC power grab itself will be history.

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If You Believe in Property Rights, Then This Case Matters

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

 

 

The Wayne Land and Mineral Group case against the Delaware River Basin Commission is one that should get the support of every believer in property rights.

The Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) is a landowner in Wayne County, Northeastern Pennsylvania, in the corner of the Commonwealth, wrapped 270 degrees by New York State and part of the Delaware River basin. Notwithstanding this back forty location, though, it has struck a blow for the property rights of landowners everywhere, not to mention the sovereignty of state government.

WLMG wants to develop its natural gas resources and is prevented from doing so by a Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) under the thumb of wealthy special interests and politically opportunistic governors from other states. The metastasizing mission of this regional agency, originally intended for narrow purposes, combined with an element of malfeasance, has made it impossible for WLMG to move. It sued and is now in the Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals defending not only its own property rights but those of every American landowner subject to the whims of some regional multi-state agency created by compacts among the states (often with Federal involvement as well, as is the case with the DRBC).

If you care at all about property rights, this is the time to join the cause because this case is that important. [Note, I originally typed “If you acre at all..” and an alert reader caught it and loved it. A Freudian slip, obviously.]

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