DRBC Staff Used Deception and Delay As Obstruction Tactic

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

As DRBC Executive Director Carol Collier candidly admitted in 2010, the agency has always been out to obstruct natural gas development using delay tactics.

Not much has changed with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) over the last decade. The DRBC staff was determined to obstruct natural gas development way back in 2010 just as is now, depriving upper basin residents of the best possible economic opportunity they ever had. It was already serving as the lapdog for the William Penn Foundation, which would later reward it board appointments and cushy assignments. A decade of experience now shows the DRBC has never been sincere in its approach to natural gas.

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Corona Lessons: 10 Things We’ve Already Learned

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Are there Corona lessons to be learned as the nation deals with the this latest public health threat? It seems so and many are energy related at some level.

It’s truly amazing how many Corona lessons we have been given by the Covid virus outbreak that began in China and has swept throughout the world. They’re piling up, in fact, and as a planner, I must admit there are also many my profession needs to learn and learn quickly. So much of what we have believed and taught has proven to be spectacularly wrong.

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School Finance Junk Science Study from Penn State Still Smells

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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That school finance junk science study from Penn State has more than a few flaws, as it turns out, and the authors just can’t help revealing their biases.

I don’t label studies junk science lightly, especially when they’re from Penn State, my own alma mater. But, then again, this is the same university where Michael Mann works. You know…the hockey stick guy. A few weeks ago I reviewed a draft study and some related articles on school finances in Pennsylvania. And, yes, I believe it to be school finance junk science. As I noted then:

This data, of course, proves nothing other than the fact gas drilling has taken place in rural areas with less wealth, which is surely a surprise to no one and that is precisely why rural areas have wanted it…

This hyped up study, in other words, simply shows richer school districts have more revenue to work with and always have…

The hype in The Conversation and the Inquirer is of the worst sort; it essentially says a 200 pound man who gains three pounds is growing three times faster than a 10 pound baby who grew by one. It’s meaningless and apparently intended to help make a case for a severance tax. Don’t fall for it.

My little expose on school finance junk science and my argument got no response from the authors, but Ken Cuomo’s subsequent post did and it’s very telling.

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Clean Hands Andy, In Stunning Reversal, Endorses Natural Gas?

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Clean Hands Andy saves the day with prison produced hand sanitizer guaranteed, if you are a New Yorker, to help you appreciate your governor! And, gas, too?

New York has a state-made hand sanitizer. Yes, indeed. arrogant Andrew Cuomo, the Empire State’s Emperor in His Dreams, now wants to be known as Clean Hands Andy and he’s determined to be Chief Medical Meddler, Capitalist Corruption Czar and Gaia’s Green God as well, all at the same time. He’s making it with prison slave labor and bragging it about it at the same time, of course, which is par for the course with this governor, who misses no opportunity to demagogue, deceive and disparage. But, does he realize he just endorsed natural gas?

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Dimock Lawyers Acted Without Defendant’s Knowledge in Wanton Conduct?

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Dimock lawyers alleged to have used and abused Ray Kemble by filing a lawsuit in his name against Cabot Oil and Gas have been called out — by the court!

Members of the national news media have seldom, if ever, gotten the story correct on Dimock. A recent AP article about Cabot pulling out of settlement talks with trial lawyers who represented Ray Kemble in a lawsuit against Cabot Oil and Gas on his behalf provides a useful illustration. A set of attorneys from Missouri and Kingston, Pennsylvania, ignoring an existing settlement resolving all of Kemble’s claims, inexplicably filed new litigation against Cabot and then, just as rapidly, sought a dismissal of it on their own motion.

Cabot responded with its own lawsuit against the attorneys for this frivolous behavior. The underlying theme of the AP piece, obviously driven by input from these accused Dimock lawyers, as I shall hereafter refer to them, is that Cabot has targeted Kemble, but the real story, as so often is the case with modern agenda-driven journalism, is obscured but what is not told.

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EV Dream Is More of A Nightmare for American Taxpayers

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The EV dream is the subject of another wonderful Clear Energy Alliance video but a nightmare for taxpayers footing the bill for green virtue signaling.

Our friend Mark Mathis is out with another great video; this time on the subject of the EV dream the Obama administration tried to foist on all for the benefit of trust-funders and others of means who want the taxpayers to subsidize their green status symbols. It quickly gets to the root of what’s really happening as EV charging stations designed to accommodate the trendy pop up wherever skilled government grant experts are at work dispensing your money for feel good projects.

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LNG Terminal Gets the DRBC Treatment: Incompetence Mixed with Politics

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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A proposed and already DRBC approved LNG terminal planned for South Jersey is getting a hearing forced on the incompetent and corrupt agency by enviros.

There is a concerted campaign underway by the Delaware PovertyKeeper and allies, including sisters entities in the media, to upend plans for a new LNG terminal in South Jersey. The project involves reuse of a former chemical site to receive LNG from Bradford County, Pennsylvania and environs and ship it where it’s needed. Fortress Energy is the principal developer of the LNG terminal as well as the proposed liquefaction facilities in Northeast Pennsylvania that would feed it, the LNG to be shipped by rail or truck. Naturally, the PovertyKeeper is opposed and has effectively maneuvered the DRBC into playing its game.

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Natural Gas Consumption: Rockin’ In Two by Two: Roll Over Renewables

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Natural gas is rockin’ it compared to renewables according to the latest data. Forget the capacity bragging; this is the reality of natural gas use in the US.

Yet another report from the Energy Information Administration establishes the absolute victory of natural gas over other energy sources thanks to the shale revolution. Natural gas use was up again in 2019 to its highest level ever. It brings to mind Chuck Berry’s well known lines from a song later made famous once more by the Beatles:

Roll over Beethoven
They rockin’ in two by two

I must admit, though, I had some slightly different lyrics in mind as I read the piece:

Roll over green scammers
Gas rockin’ in two by two

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