Clean Energy Doesn’t Happen Without Natural Gas!

Clean Energy Doesn’t Happen Without Natural Gas!

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Clean energy is, to a large extent, in the eye of the beholder, but one thing is surely clear; natural gas is critical to any of it.

As a new administration takes shape in Washington, D.C. we enter a period of wait-and-see on a number of proposed policy changes that could effect our industry, our economy and our environment. Over the course of 2020, we were fortunate to hear from a wide variety of voices through the Think About Energy (TAE) webinars, including supposedly clean energy.

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Chester County DA Attempt to Criminalize Politics Thwarted

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Chester County DA, Deb Ryan, following in the footsteps of her predecessor, has tried to criminalize pipeline politics but has failed.

That parts of our justice system are becoming more and more like those of a banana republic can no longer be denied. It’s everywhere.

Consider, the case of the Chester County constables, which we have covered before, here and here, for example. At root, it’s about how the comforts of suburban living turned voters into easily demagogued NIMBY and “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone” BANANA types. Laws, needs and rights were shoved aside by those appealing for votes as the politics of building infrastructure was criminalized. The entirely legal hiring of off-duty constables to provide security services was turned into a supposed “buy-a-badge scheme” by prosecutors scheming to construct political careers on the backs of the targeted marks. But, the good news is that it has failed, yet again.

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Damascus Township and PA Senate Republicans Sue DRBC

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Another lawsuit, on behalf of Damascus Township, Senators Lisa Baker and Gene Yaw and PA Senate Republicans has been filed against the DRBC!

Damascus Township, my hometown, together with Pennsylvania State Senators Lisa Baker and Gene Yaw and the Pennsylvania State Senate Republican Caucus has filed a great lawsuit against the power-grabbing DRBC. It’s an intriguing lawsuit with some new arguments that really put things into perspective. It’s also very tightly written to give a powerful punch that nicely complements the DRBC lawsuit already on its way to a Federal Court trial.

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Free Speech Is Under Major Assault by Big Tech Fascists

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The events of this weekend represent a frightening attack on free speech by a Big Tech oligarchy that is increasingly fascist in character.

Some of you like President Trump. Some of you don’t. As for me, I believe he has been an outstanding President and has been cheated out of re-election. I also believe he has had a solemn duty to challenge what happened. And, as much as I abhor what happened Wednesday in the very halls of Congress, I blame neither him nor the vast numbers of protesters who did not participate in the atrocious activity of a few. Indeed, I, too, protested a few weeks earlier. Time will tell who exactly caused what and the guilty, whoever they may be, should be punished to the full extent of the law. But, this incident pales along side the violence that happened across the nation throughout this year.

Yet, none of the above rises to the importance of the attack on free speech made in response by Big Tech this weekend; an attack that will inevitably also threaten the ability of this blog, its sources, its friends and its enemies to converse. We are seeing what is nothing less than fascism on the part of the American oligarchy that is Big Tech. Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon have declared themselves corporate masters of the universe who will decide what is correct and what is not, make the latter a crime and then deliver the consequences.

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DRBC Lawsuit Finally Going to Trial After Five Years!

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Federal Judge Robert Mariani has just issued an opinion that will, after five years, finally result in the DRBC lawsuit going to trial!

It’s been five long years, but the DRBC lawsuit is finally going to trial, which is a very positive development for landowners. More importantly, the DRBC has shifted its stance to now recognize natural gas development per se is not the issue. Rather, it is the water use connected therewith. This means the DRBC is coming much closer to the SRBC approach to regulation. That’s a good thing but, more importantly, the DRBC may well have boxed itself into a position where retaining even such authority as now exercised by the SRBC is difficult to legally justify.

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Pennsylvania DEP Policy Director Calls State Rep Environmental Criminal!

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Pennsylvania DEP Policy Director Jessica Shirley attacked State Rep. Scott Perry and labeled him an “environmental criminal” yesterday.

This story tells us everything one needs to know about the Wolf Administration and its radical nature. Behind Patrick McDonnell, the mild-mannered Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg, is a Pennsylvania DEP Policy Director Jessica Shirley. She spent yesterday afternoon attacking State Representative Scott Perry, calling him an “environmental criminal” and “traitor” while demanding he resign. That wasn’t all, either.

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