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The Arrogant Orchestrated World of Fractivism

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Fractivism has been on full display this week as the arrogant orchestrated world of astroturf that it really is; a disdainful power grab financed by elites.

Yesterday, as I expected and feared would happen the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) surrendered yet again to the orchestrated efforts of one its own funders to intimidate it. A DRBC hearing at which the public was supposedly restricted to commenting “only on the items that have been advertised in the public hearing notice,” and at which there was supposed to be “NO open public comment session,” was allowed to become another fiasco of fractivism.

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A Laughable Junk Science Study on the PennEast Pipeline

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Povertykeeper has commissioned the most laughable, ridiculous junk science study imaginable on the economic impact of the PennEast Pipeline.

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper is out touting a new economic impact study, secured by the group, that claims a $13.3 to $56.6 billion negative economic impact from the PennEast Pipeline. I heard about this study a few days ago but, knowing anything from the Povertykeeper was likely to be something on the order of a Tarot Card reading, I paid little attention. Concerned readers, though, more or less insisted I do so. I have now reviewed it and can tell you it was well, worth reading for the laughs.

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Tanning Chemical Fortune Pollutes Delaware River Politics

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Haas family, heirs to a fortune made in tanning chemicals, is using the William Penn Foundation to pollute Delaware River politics everywhere one looks.

Jim Willis has a great post over at Marcellus Drilling News regarding a StateImpactPA story about the work of the latter’s own benefactor, the William Penn Foundation. As Jim notes:

One of the worst of the worst non-profit organizations that continues to fund anti-shale activities in the Marcellus/Utica is the William Penn Foundation. By all rights their non-profit (i.e. tax-free) status issued by the IRS should be revoked because of their overt support of anti-fracking initiatives. But we’re not holding our breath … Millions of dollars buys a lot of influence (and a lot of people) … StateImpactPA is a mouthpiece for William Penn. So we found it interesting that they ran an article (no doubt commissioned by William Penn) that admits William Penn and nearly $100 million (from William Penn and other sources) is at the nexus of some 40 “conservation” groups colluding in their attempt to keep development out of the Delaware River Basin. That development includes farming and shale drilling.

StateImpactPA‘s story is, as might be expected, is a puff piece. It discusses something called the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, questions what it has achieved in cleaning up water quality, concludes it’s not much at all and then hypes the future potential. The real story, of course, isn’t told at all.

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Tax-Exempt Enviro Flim-Flam Groups “Partner”

 

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

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PennFuture and Conservation Voters of PA, two tax-exempt environmental film-flam groups, have decided to partner, making a mockery of charity taxation rules.

Two radical Pennsylvania-based “environmental” groups are not exactly merging; but almost. One group is PennFuture, which gave rise to such luminaries as John Quigley (fired as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection), John Hanger (left the state, former DEP Secretary, ran for governor last time, lost, supports legalizing pot), and Cindy Dunn (currently Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources). PennFuture is tax exempt, yet it routinely engages in political activity in violation of its IRS 501(c)(3) status. The other group is Conservation Voters of PA, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization affiliated with a political action committee (PAC). This partnership makes  total mockery of IRS rules on political activities by charities.

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The Coastal Elites Funding Opposition to the Shell Cracker

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

 

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fought hard to secure the Shell Cracker for Western Pennsylvania but coastal elites are fighting to stop it.

Two different Pennsylvania Governors of different parties fought to get Royal Dutch Shell to locate a cracker in Beaver County. It’s a massive economic opportunity for all of Pennsylvania; a multi-billion investment that will create jobs, stimulate other manufacturing and . That hasn’t stopped New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco snobs from trying to undermine it, though. These coastal elites, who form the financial backbone of fractivism in this country, are funding opposition to the Shell cracker. What’s happening is the reason Donald Trump, for better or worse, was elected President by Pennsylvanians among others; to strike back at this same plutocracy.

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The Delaware Riverkeeper Throws A Fake Parade

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper faked a pass over the weekend to suggest its mission is about the Delaware River but it’s anything but that.

Saturday morning I received a Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Delaware Povertykeeper news release forwarded to me by a friend. The news release was issued by e-mail at 7:20 PM by Maya van Rossum herself only 36 hours earlier and promoted a “March to Defend the Delaware River” at Noon on Saturday. Marcus, protests and screaming are, of course, the stock-in-trade of the Delaware Riverkeeper. Therefore, there was nothing surprising about the event or the hype (more on that in a moment) but the short notice might be puzzling to some. It’s not puzzling, though, to those of us who understand what the Delaware Riverkeeper is really about and it’s not the Delaware River.

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No Pipeline Capacity? No Jobs? Blame William Penn Foundation.

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

 

The Philadelphia area just lost a project to build a new $500 million manufacturing plant and employ hundreds. Blame the William Penn Foundation.

Philadelphia has the potential to be the next Houston, as we’ve explained here more than once. An article in Philadelphia two years ago laid out the case in great detail. Unfortunately, there are obstacles, as we’ve also noted and one of them is the lack of pipeline capacity coming on line as fast as we need it. The always excellent Andrew Maykuth just reported how the region lost a major new manufacturing facility that is going to Texas instead. There’s more to the story, though. It’s a family of Philadelphia elites known as the William Penn Foundation who own the blame for this loss.

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PennFuture Politics of Personal Destruction Rebuked

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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PennFuture, one of the Heinz and Haas families trio of dirty trickers, was twice rebuked this week, by the court and the citizens they personally attacked.

The contempt with which Pennsylvania’s elites, the Heinz and Haas families, hold ordinary citizens richly deserves regular rebukes. They were twice delivered in the past few days and how sweet it was. PennFuture, one of three organizations used by these two families to undermine rural development they abhor, was handed its hat. Rural Pennsylvanians are fighting back and showing just how to expose these phonies.

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The Fruits of Fractivism: An Update on the Threats

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Natural Gas NOW

 

Threats against the PennEast Pipeline project continue despite the fruits of this fractivism. Their hysterical opposition has created a dangerous situation.

Our buddy, Jim Willis, from Marcellus Drilling News, keeps his ear very close to the ground. He has an update relating to our “Fruits of Fractivism” story back in April:

“Three surveyors working on the PennEast Pipeline in Holland Township (Hunterdon Township), New Jersey were approached by a man with a rifle. The man asked them if they were there working on the PennEast. When the 3-man crew responded “yes,” the man waved the gun in the air, shouting at them that he would stop the pipeline. It was a clearly a menancing threat to the men who were doing nothing more than a survey. Holland Township Police later arrested Lester Kinney Jr., charging him with “making terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.” Although arrested for his crimes, you need an indictment (from a grand jury) in order to prosecute such a crime. The wheels of justice grind sloooooooooowly. We finally have some good news. A grand jury has indeed indicted Mr. Kinney for his criminal act. He will now either plead guilty, or go to trial.”

Well, good! The news made me wonder, though, if PennEast Pipeline opponents might have changed their tactics since this incident in April. Nah, not at all.

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More Distortion from StateImpactPA

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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There is no end to the bias that comes from StateImpactPA, revealed again in an article about oil and gas industry air emissions. StateImpactPA is a fractivist shill.

StateImpactPA continues to distort the facts on natural gas. That’s what the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation pay them to do. If I sound like  broken record on that point, I can’t help it. They keep playing the same song over and over again, with little attention to detail, a whole lot of bias and, always, always, quotes from their sister fractivist shill groups. They know exactly what they’re doing and John Hanger caught them at it last week. The story today, though, is what they’re doing to distort the air emissions record of the industry. Pennsylvania’s DEP hasn’t helped either.

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