Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
Something strange has happened. It seems Vera Scroggins has flipped, dropping her pipeline opposition. Is it so, or is she just trapped by her own illogic?
The Susquehanna Independent carried a highly unusual letter to the editor the other day from none other than Vera Scroggins, a frequent NaturalGasNOW commenter and subject. A friend sent me a clipping of it and asked if it could possibly be real, as Vera Scroggins clearly came out in favor of natural gas pipelines as an alternatives to NG Advantage’s proposal to create a compression site so they can ship the stuff to New England and New York by truck. I looked at it and came to the same question; she said what she said, but did she mean it? Time and our comment pages will, I hope, provide the answer. My guess, though, is that she simply got trapped in her own illogical thinking.
The letter is one of opposition to a proposed NG Advantage compression station in Susquehanna County. It’s all predictable blather, except for this one paragraph (emphasis added):
This company will have up to 100 or more trucks daily, tractor-trailers carrying about 20,000 lbs. of compressed natural gas under high pressure to points unknown on our roads — so far their destination points being New England and New York to supply gas to companies and to replace the lack of needed pipelines in our county and New York.
What? Vera Scroggins is now acknowledging Susquehanna County and New York need more pipelines? What the heck is going on here? The language is unambiguous. There’s no mistaking what she wrote. She says it; more pipelines are needed.
Vera Scroggins is, for perhaps the first and only time, correct. More pipelines are needed to deliver Susquehanna County gas to New England and New York. There is already more Russian LNG sitting off the shore in Boston Harbor waiting to feed the natural gas needs of stuffy Bostonians who want no pipelines anywhere near them.
Unfortunately, though, the Constitution Pipeline, which Vera Scroggins and friends fought vigorously, has been delayed by a New York governor determined to appease her and her ilk. It is those actions that have opened up a business opportunity fopr NG Advantage. Demand will be satisfied one way or another. Vera knows this.
Therein lies the explanation for Vera Scroggins appearing to flip positions. She’s trapped by her past and her complete lack of logic. She’s smart enough to know the demand is not going away. It will either be satisfied with Russian LNG, NG Advantage’s trucked gas or gas delivered by pipelines. She opposes all three, of course, but knows she cannot say that without also suggesting her renewables are ready—today—to pick up the slack and that just isn’t so.
Her solution to this dilemma is to deploy a bit of sophistry; simply citing NG Advantage’s argument without quotes so she can later wiggle out it if necessary, but keeping her own arguments intact logically. That’s Vera Scroggins.