Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
Piped Piper Vera Scroggins has now led several New York State Senators throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania to see natural gas development, as they have relied upon a vile-mouthed individual, with some very strange revolting ideas, to help make the case for their own anti-fracking crusades. Do they know who they are dealing with or what they are seeing? Jim Willis wonders.
A small group of anti-drilling New York State lawmakers from Westchester County and New York City came to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania this week for a “tour” of one of the most drilled (and productive) natural gas counties in the Commonwealth. Anti-drilling celebrity (and potty mouth) Vera Scroggins led the tour. The aim was to show the devastation fracking hath wrought to this poor, defenseless county. Unfortunately, for Vera and other anti-drillers, reality trumps their hallucinations.
MDN was not along for the so-called tour, but we know what the visiting city folks found because we’ve also toured the county and its drilling sites: They found a pretty, rural county where the people are happy and employed, (some of them newly rich, which disgusts the old rich of NYC), and where there is no industrial wasteland (despite the malcontents’ claims). Sometimes trucks clog the roadways–but nothing like the traffic the visiting downstate lawmakers experience every day of their lives…
New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah isn’t the only one traveling in the name of hydrofracking these days.
Four state lawmakers from Westchester County are in Susquehanna County, Pa., today for a tour of one of Pennsylvania’s most-active areas for shale-gas drilling. The tour is being sponsored by Westchester 4 Change, a group that has been critical of hydrofracking.
The group is being led by Sen. George Latimer, D-Rye, and will also include Assemblymembers David Buchwald, D-White Plains; Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers; and Steve Otis, D-Rye. Sen. Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat who is one of the Legislature’s most-vocal fracking critics, is also attending.
“The purpose of this trip is for all of us to see the impacts of hydrofracking first hand,” Latimer said in a statement. “We have heard about the problems and the promises of economic benefit and it is important for us to get the total experience of how this could potentially affect other communities.”
Several state lawmakers from the lower Hudson Valley have gone on fracking-related trips to Pennsylvania in recent months, including Sens. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, and Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County.*
As the article points out, visiting Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania certainly isn’t on the same level as the junkets being taken by State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah (see Is Cuomo Buying Off Health Commissioner to Delay Fracking Report?). It certainly pays (Shah) to be Cuomo’s whipping boy.
Editor’s Note: The New York Senators who have let the Pied Piper lead them around are Sen. George Latimer, Sen. Tony Avella, Sen. David Carlucci, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Sen. Bill Perkins. Perhaps their constituents ought to know who they’re hanging with and what they’re doing in their attempts to be politically correct. They might want to also contact Susan Van Dolsen, the apparent leader of Westchester 4 Change, who lives in Rye, New York, home of the super-wealthy, and who prides herself on also being a Patriotic Millionaire who wants to raise taxes. Does Susan Van Dolsen know who she’s palling with? Well, you can contact her at Westchester4Change@gmail.com if her invitation to a Gasland screening is correct.