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As the Constitution Pipeline nears final approvals from New York State and, one hopes, construction, the many-faced phonies in opposition try another letter.
Yesterday, writing about the Tioga County waterless fracking proposal and the nature of the opposition to it, I noted how one of the common tricks in the fractivist playbook is to operate under multiple names, when, in reality, it’s all the same tiny group of people serving as fronts for special interests. Now, these multi-faced phonies, are pulling the same stunt with a last minute letter to the New York State DEC opposing the issuance of water quality approvals for the already FERC approved Constitution Pipeline. It’s signed by roughly 60 groups but a closer look at the list reveals what a joke the whole thing is.
Let’s take a look.
Stop the Pipeline – The letter appears on the letterhead of this “group,” which is an unincorporated entity about which no information whatsoever is offered on its website as to membership or officers although it supposedly has a steering committee (unnamed) and donations go to a non-profit corporation known as the Jerome Park Conservancy, which was founded by an attorney named Anne Marie Garti to protect a community park in the Bronx. The Constitution Pipeline goes nowhere near the Bronx, of course.
Advocates for Cherry Valley, Inc. – This “group” was incorporated in 2002 but, according to Guidestar, last filed 990 returns with the IRS in 2007 (when it had $944 in income). Moreover, it doesn’t appear to even be registered with the New York Charities Bureau. Today, it is, for all practical purposes, one individual named Lynn Ellen Marsh. An interesting little tidbit about this group, though, is that an organization with that name also appears on this list of groups opposing wind power. Ms. March, it seems, is a plain old NIMBY.
Advocates for Morris – This “group” appears to be an individual named Maureen Mackie Dill. Its Facebook page, Morris Advocates, “likes” the pages of several other radical groups, including Vote Hemp, Hemp & Cannibis For Future and, of course, I Love Hemp. She also republishes Catskill Mountainkeeper material and, if this memo in any indication, has a tight relationship with the NRDC. She’s also a member of Occupy Together Otsego.
Advocates for Springfield – This “group,” though it claims to represent 235 members, apparently has no website or discernible structure and looks to be largely the work of an individual named Harry Levine, another NIMBY who has simply shifted his opposition from windmills to fracking and pipelines.
Getting the idea? Those are just the first four names of signers. Further down the list we find the following:
Berks Gas Truth – This is the creation of a Berks County, Pennsylvania individual named Karen Feridun who lives far removed from any fracking, let alone the Constitution Pipeline.
Citizens for Water Foundation – This is a group created by Damascus Citizens organizer Joe Levine, a New York City architect, and Josh Fox, both of whom are listed further down as signers. It’s just another name for the same handful of second-home owners who want fracked gas to heat their city homes and nothing to happen any near their vacation homes.
Occupy The Pipeline – This is still another faux group providing an outlet for the Minister Erik McGregor, who we profiled here (picture to right). He’s refers to himself as “Supreme Ruler and Magnanimous Omnipresent Leader” of another Occupy committee or something and lives nowhere near the Constitution Pipeline, of course.
The Minister tag apparently comes from part of the Universal Life Church Monastery, where you can be ordained on-line for free.
The “Minister” participates in the “Reverend Billy And The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir,” which tells gives some insights into his worldview and lack of seriousness with respect to anything that doesn’t feed his ego. McGregor is also part of the insane New York City group called Sane Energy, another signer of the letter.
Altogether, this group of 60 signers or so are an extremely small group of like-minded extremists who are using the Constitution Pipeline to grab attention to themselves, promote opposition to fossil fuels and/or fight anything in their backyards. They haven’t the least bit of interest in intelligent conversation on energy policy and couldn’t possibly care less about having a debate. It’s all about them, as this photograph, taken by the Minister Erik McGregor of fellow Sane Energy team member, Kim Fraczek (no pun intended), so vividly illustrates:
They’re many-faced phonies and nothing more.