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William Penn Foundation Lackeys Subject PennEast to Legal Torment

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The William Penn Foundation has many lackeys and its been pushing out cash to them as they subject the PennEast Pipeline and NJ consumers to legal torment.

According to E&E News EnergyWire, yet another lawsuit has been filed against the PennEast Pipeline, this one in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals by the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel, which is less concerned with consumers and the rates they pay than the rate of pipeline construction, their focus being primarily on fractivism.

What caught my attention about the story, though was a list of PennEast lawsuits now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. There is already one filed by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a/k/a Delaware Povertykeeper, but a new joint petition has been filed by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the Watershed Institute (formerly the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. There’s obviously a whole lot of collusion going on but what’s especially interesting is the source of the money. It’s the filthy rich Haas family that made its money in chemicals and is now known as the William Penn Foundation.

William Penn Foundation

I don’t need to say a lot about the William Penn Foundation. I’ve covered them for years now and pointed out how they create the issues, make the stories, report the stories and move their personal special interest agenda by throwing chemical money at it. Moreover, the facts tell the story without much help from me in this instance. Here are the William Penn Foundation grants over just the last few years to these groups:

  • 2015 – Delaware Riverkeeper Network – $914,000
  • 2018 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $204,177
  • 2018 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $656,000
  • 2018 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $145,900
  • 2017 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $82,500
  • 2017 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $395,000
  • 2015 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $582,000
  • 2014 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $764,000
  • 2014 – New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $401,057
  • 2016 – Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association – $82,500

That’s just shy of $5.6 million to these three litigious William Penn Foundation shill groups suing the PennEast Pipeline and it’s just the last few years’ worth. It includes lots of money for advocacy these groups shouldn’t even be doing under a 501(c)(3) charity designation as well as a grant to “develop a report analyzing costs of energy pipelines to the environment and communities in the Delaware River basin.” It’s readily apparent, if one simply follows the money, that the PennEast’s biggest enemy is the William Penn Foundation.

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3 thoughts on “William Penn Foundation Lackeys Subject PennEast to Legal Torment

  1. Tom,

    Thanks for giving us the real numbers and groups benefiting
    from the William Penn Foundation. All that money is being spent on lobbying and activism without ever having to disclosure it. There is something wrong with the spending vast amounts of environmental money, without ever having to account for it and the ongoing subterranean nature the distribution of $.

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