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The Lesson from DAPL: Fight Back Quickly

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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DAPL is teaching the oil and gas industry something; companies taunted by fractivist games and special interests need to fire a lot of people and get tough.

Marcellus Drilling News does it again. Nobody digs up more facts that others need to know about the oil and gas industry than Jim Willis. A perfect example is the testimony he published Friday from Joey Mahmoud, Energy Transfer Partners’ Project Director for the Dakota Access Pipeline. That testimony documents so much of what others know about DAPL that simply isn’t true. It’s a plain-spoken document and candid; two features one almost never gets out of the corporate public relations and legal world, where rolling over and spitting out bland disingenuous mush are the preferred weapons for defending the industry from those who wish to kill it.

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What DAPL Tells Us About Fractivists and Other Frauds

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Natural Gas NOW

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DAPL offers an in-depth look into the spoiled child minds of fractivists and other environmental activists who have turned out to be merely fakes and frauds.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has shown us precisely who fractivists really are; frauds of the first order. We’ve told story after story here about the whole thing not because it has much to do with natural gas but, rather, because the DAPL opponents are our opponents, too.

What they’re doing in North Dakota is what they want to do everywhere. They latched onto the cause as it provided everything they could hope for; disenfranchised Native Americans being bullied by big oil, a sacred life style being disrupted by a pipeline and threatened water. It was the perfect stage for a fractivist theatrical performance. But, then the audience starting walking out and the actors followed, leaving behind a mess for the supposed victims (for whom they claimed to speak) to clean up. DAPL has told the world what a bunch of frauds fractivists really are.

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Recognizing the Extremists Among Us and Their Radical Goals

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Natural Gas NOW

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Fractivism, to the extent it is a movement at all, is composed of extremists whose real goals are profoundly radical and dangerous to our civil society.

There is a tendency among us to dismiss those on the lunatic fringe of politics as irrelevant. We assume they’re simply oddballs with strange ideas and give them little more than a raised eyebrow or a whispered chuckle. We ignore them at our peril, though, if history is any indication. Radicals and extremists have enormous influence they exercise by  moving discussions in their direction and making other extremists only slightly less radical look moderate by comparison, steadily defining deviancy down. Such is the case with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund or CELDF, a profoundly extremist group that loves to interject itself into environmental issues. It does so not because it cares a whit about the environment but, rather, sees such issues as a means of dragging others into its revolutionary campaign.

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Robin Hood Fractivists Look to Rob Poor to Give to the Rich

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Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Nick Grealy says UK fractivists are alter-ego Robin Hood characters looking to rob the poor to give to the rich – how true it is there (and here in the US).

Like all good insurrections, the opposition to “fracking” in Sherwood Forest risks snowballing and damaging everyone else  unless some facts are allowed to enter the debate.

Facts certainly aren’t intruding into this story from the local paper.  What could  then happen is that, like the original Telegraph story, these “alternative facts” become viral.  A local newspaper reporter, perhaps earning as little as £12 a year,  writes a story essentially dictated to her by Guy Shrubsole of Friends of the Earth. Other reporters worldwide will find it via Google and embellish it for their local story, producing a  digital palimpsest mirroring the medieval tone of the story. Result: anti fracking activists invigorate themselves as participants in a mythic battle.

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Pine Nuts Clog New Jersey Pipeline

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

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A New Jersey pipeline battle provides shows how radical special interests are being allowed to manipulate the system and strangle the Northeast economy.

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission, which oversees a stand of scrub pines in South Jersey, held a public hearing on Monday to listen to comments on a plan to build a 22-mile pipeline through the scrub pines, burying it alongside the road so as to not disturb any spindly trees. The pipeline will supply clean-burning natural gas to a power plant currently fed by coal, cleaning up the air and lowering CO2 emissions. Naturally, fractivists, who might better be called pine nuts in this instance, oppose any such thing, as they always do.

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Power Sector CO2 Emissions Fall, No Thanks to Fractivists

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Natural Gas NOW

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Electric power sector CO2 emissions have, for the first time, dropped below those related to  transportation, thanks to natural gas and the shale revolution.

The environmental improvements wrought by the shale revolution have now achieved a new milestone. Electric power generation sector CO2 emissions are now lower than than those associated with transportation, all due to a shale revolution fought tooth and nail by fractivists. The facts of the story are told by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in this Today In Energy post.

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From Russia with Love to Useful Idiot Fractivists

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Natural Gas NOW

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The word is now out, of course. Russia has been supporting fractivists here, doing anything and everything PR-wise it can to slow down the shale revolution.

The recent hullabaloo over the role Russia may or may not have played in hacking John Podesta’s e-mails resulted in an intelligence report indicating Russia Today (RT) “runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health.”

It was hardly news. We’ve written several times about the role of Nat Simons and his Sea Change Foundation in possibly moving some rubles to US fractivist groups. We’ve also talked about Russian influence in fractivist causes for years now. Nick Grealy and I wrote about it way back in February, 2014, pointing out the role of the Ketchum PR firm, their interest in supporting the Tribeca Film Festival (how Gasland II was released), how Gazprom manipulates young journalists and how the Ruskies use fractivists such as Sane Energy and Vera Scroggins to spread the anti-fracking message. Like hacking Podesta’s e-mails, that last part is anything but difficult.

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The Stark and Utter Intolerance of Fractivism

fractivism - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
   

 

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No aspect of fractivism is so prominent as its intolerance for others. Its adherents are haters of other opinions, not to mention others’ property.

Fractivism is, I submit, a mental illness, an inability to operate in civil society where compromise and tolerance are essential to survival. It is uncompromising, intolerant and zealous in what can only be called hatred for the opinions and property of others. Feelings of guilt are at its root, guilt at living well without having done much to achieve it and an extraordinary desire to compensate with virtue signaling.  The less this signaling is noticed by others, the more outlandish it becomes as a way of attracting attention.

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Marcellus and Utica Gas Production Nowhere Near Peaking

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

 

Marcellus and Utica Shale gas production is, contrary to the doomsayers and pessimists, set to continue to boom in the coming years.

David Hughes of the so-called Post Carbon Institute made one of the stupidest remarks he’s ever made in 2014 when he said, “I think the Marcellus is getting pretty close to the peak in [total] production…I wouldn’t be surprised to see a peak in the Marcellus this year, maybe next year at the latest.” Dumb.

Marcellus (and Utica) production has done nothing but go up since that time. Oh, the last few months the EIA has reported that Marcellus production is declining–a little bit. But that’s because of a lack of new drilling due to low low prices, a situation that is, right now, turning around. You can expect Marcellus production to pick up again very soon.

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PA Act 13 Drilling Law Struck Down, Once Again

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

 

PA Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the natural gas industry friendly Act 13 Drilling Law, in what could be essentially called a win for fractivists.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled yesterday in another (hopefully final) decision on the 2012 Act 13 Marcellus drilling law passed and signed by then Gov. Tom Corbett. Four left-leaning judges have just struck down more of Act 13, leaving not much left except the part that raises money and gives it away (called an impact fee, otherwise known as a severance tax).

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