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Walter Hang: How Fractivists Twist the Truth

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

 

Walter Hang, often described as an “activist,” is, in fact, on the Rockefeller payroll with a mission to fight fracking with exaggeration. He’s good at it.

The Rockefeller family’s upstate community organizer for its anti-fracking campaign, Walter Hang – the $2 million man – is at it yet again, spinning and twisting the truth to fit the family agenda. He recently circulated an e-mail to his supporters regarding a recent audit conducted by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC). The subject of the e-mail?

New Pipeline Safety Oversight Audit by State Comptroller Confirms Widespread Natural Gas Hazards Documented in Toxics Targeting’s Compilation of 114 Pipeline Explosions, Fires, Ruptures and Toxic Releases

That’s not even close but Tom Wilber of the Binghamton Press, who must be on Walter’s list-serve, thought it was newsworthy, of course, and did his best to spread the word and magnify Walter’s message. This is how fractivist news is made; with boatloads of money, exaggeration and the co-opting of an empathetic press.

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Andrew Cuomo: New York’s Gutless Governor

Constitution Pipeline - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

The cynical politics of Andrew Cuomo involve assuming power for the purpose of evading responsibility and patronizing big green radicals.

Progress on the $700 million Constitution Pipeline teeters on the mating habits of the Northern long-eared bat and the political machinations of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Conflicted New York AG Attempts to Tree Constitution Pipeline

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

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an objection to Williams starting tree clearing along the Constitution Pipeline route; just more stall tactics by the anti’s.

This one was easy to predict. Last week we told you that Williams had asked, and received permission from the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), to begin clearing trees along the path of the Constitution Pipeline in upstate New York. Anti-fossil fuelers went squealing like petulant three year-olds to their favorite “parent,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, asking daddy to stop Williams from killing trees. And, so last Thursday Schneiderman filed an objection to the tree-clearing plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to placate the petulant three year-olds that are his favorite constituents.

The question now is, will FERC put a halt to the tree clearing, which must happen before April 1st when it becomes bat season and companies can no longer clear trees for fear of roosting Northern long-eared bats.

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We Have the Numbers, So Approve the Constitution Pipeline!

Constitution Pipeline - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Though politics shouldn’t be the criteria, support for the Constitution Pipeline has now been amply demonstrated and it’s time Cuomo approved this project!

“Where are your numbers?”

This was a question Andrew Cuomo asked a Joint Landowners  Coalition (JLCNY) representative in 2011.  Cuomo knew then the antis’ claims were bogus, that upstate development depended on cheap energy, and NYC was switching to gas to meet EPA air quality standards.

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Marcellus Pipelines Dramatically Improved Prices

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

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New Marcellus pipelines are coming online and, as the demand for natural gas increases, natural gas prices are starting to come up as a result.

What a difference a few pipelines can make. Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued their Natural Gas Weekly report (excellent report, great overview of the industry at large). One of the brief articles included in last week’s EIA update was story about the “basis differentials” for the Marcellus, and how they’ve narrowed. Basis differential means “how much does the gas trading at a given location trade above or below the standard Henry Hub price.”

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Widespread Support for Constitution Pipeline

Constitution Pipeline - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    

A postcard campaign for the Constitution Pipeline returns over 10,000 replies, showing widespread support for the project, demanding Cuomo approves the pipeline!

Demonstrating overwhelming local support for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, leaders of the Unatego Area Landowner Association (UALA) announced today that they had distributed over 10,000 postcards addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo demanding that he approve the pipeline and the jobs it will bring to their economically ravaged communities.

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Attack of Pipeline Avengers – The Latest Fractivist Cause

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Fractivists have found something new to attack with pipelines but their opposition shows no sense of how pipelines are used to fuel and power our nation.

The fractivist world of opposing natural gas development is a trendy thing with a lot of “just because” reasoning. Much like the Kardashians are able to create buzz for a new fashion designer or some yahoo creates a new silly dance, fractivists also tend to move in waves with the trends. We have seen it over and over again as they search for a solution for which there is no problem.

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Resnikoff Again? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Things have reached the bottom of the barrel, scientifically speaking, if the Delaware Riverkeeper thinks Marvin Resnikoff has any credibility on TENORM.

The Delaware Riverkeeper organization has always teetered on the edge of outright lunacy, but two announcements released from their gas-heated offices in Bristol, Pennsylvania recently suggest it’s now plunging over the side into the depths of eco-insanity. The William Penn Foundation may have to re-evaluate their investment in this dirty tricks outfit.

One was the laughable announcement Maya and friends are going to lead a “Farms Not Fracking” Rally at Pennsylvania Farm Show next month. Supposedly, they’re going to express outrage over this collection of falsehoods:

Fracking is ruining farming in Pennsylvania – cows have been sickened and died, calves still born, vegetable farms destroyed, water polluted, and rural life ruined by industrial gas development.

Having grown up on a farm that benefited enormously from a gas lease a few years ago, attended many Farm Shows and witnessed what gas drilling has done for farmers in Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, the idea of Maya van Rossum, the Radnor brat, showing up there to protest on behalf of farmers is a hoot. It promises to be a repeat performance of former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan showing up to save Dimock a few years ago and getting run out of town.

The second, and far more significant, was the equally laughable news the Riverkeeper was using Marvin Resnikoff to critique Pennsylvania DEP’s TENORM study. It’s like hiring Jimmy Buffet to teach a course on classical music.

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Pipeline PR Isn’t the Issue: It’s the Fractivist Hypocrisy

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force says pipelines need better public relations support but that misses the real problem: fractivist hypocrisy.

StateImpactPA, the propaganda arm of the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation, reports the members of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force are united in believing pipeline projects need better public relations support. While that’s a reasonable argument, it completely misses the much bigger point; that pipeline projects suffer from disinformation put out by special interests and from fractivist hypocrisy in general. There is no limit to either and that’s the real problem faced today by pipeline companies accustomed to dealing in the sort of rational processes laid out by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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A Response To The Constitution Pipeline Anti Crowd

Constitution Pipeline - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    

As NYC & New England’s demand for gas grows, the Constitution Pipeline will economically transport gas to meet the demand. Why can’t the anti’s make logical sense of this?

The anti-everything-gas crowd are barrel bombing the gas transmission pipelines through their usual public conduits, Letters to the Editor, blogs, You Tube, etc., in order to impede gas from getting to market.Below is my answer to one such letter attacking the Constitution Pipeline. It appeared in the Binghamton Press Sun Bulletin on December 8th.

Philip Kraft misleads in his November 24th Letter to the Editor when he implies that the Constitution Pipeline will ship gas overseas.

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