Upstate New York Landowner
Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R
The welfare of Upstate New York is dismissed by fractivists who cruelly celebrate its troubles and hope they continue.
The degree of animosity among fractivists was never so apparent to me as a few days ago when I engaged in an online debate with the poster child and spokesperson for a band of them dedicated to stopping anything remotely approaching economic development in Upstate New York.
I’m talking about Vera Scroggins, who moved to Pennsylvania from the backyard of an oil processing facility (so she says) in New Jersey to fight New York’s pending adoption of gas drilling regulations. You know; the villainess or heroine (depending on your perspective) of Trespassgate.
The Upstate New York Debate with a Pennsylvanian Over Fracking
The debate consisted of comments regarding a report on a Albany judicial hearing of the complaints of Norse Energy and the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York. I commented as Taylor Barry, a pseudonym I have used on some web sites for purposes of getting fractivists to engage in discussion (a different name tends to evoke different reactions). Many readers know my real name and Vera Scroggins is one of them. Here’s one of Vera’s comments, which tells us a lot about how the contempt with which she views Upstate New York landowners or any of her neighbors in Pennsylvania or New York for that matter.
hey, Vic, tell everyone how your little group of landowners, who never got a chance to lease to any gas company, how sad, bring out the violins….and how you guys just kept waiting till the right, highest (price) and the best-ever amended gas lease with endless protections, like why would you need them, since everything the gas companies do is wonderful and no problem; when the right, eager gas company would finally agree with your demands , you would jump on it and be nice and “rich” and “happy”, but alas, that never materialized….you waited too long , and missed the boat and now just barely existing, no gas leases, no money, no life, and all that is left, is waiting, waiting, waiting…. for that big moment, when NY and Cuomo will let the gas drillers in , but the years go by …..and now in the 6th year…..still no gas drilling……how sad is that…….I might even cry with you guys……we can cry together over “spilled milk”…. !
And, here’s another post aimed at me and found on Vera’s Facebook page:
Vic Furman of Chenango Forks is not going to like this!
He likes to happily announce how there are no solar panels anywhere and that is why we need gas drilling in NY; and now this happened: Vic is going to be upset !! yeah….
“We can save the school district, in essence the taxpayers, money,” said District Superintendent Joe Peck, “And it will educationally benefit our students.”
How I See It as an Upstate New York Resident
Let me preface my response by stating I do not represent gas companies or anyone who does. I never received a dime of compensation for my advocacy, which is on behalf of my family and the Upstate NewYork region where I live. I am not paid for my blog posts or anything else I do to support the pro-gas cause. My activism is based on a few things that are more important to me then money.
First, as a veteran, I see shale gas as an opportunity for America to reduce it’s dependency on foreign fuel. America is exporting more and more energy to countries who would be in the dark and cold if not for our resources and technology, which is also good for America’s economy.
Second, how sad it is that anyone is so eager to celebrate, even claim credit for, the lost economic opportunities so desperately needed by tens of thousands of Upstate New York families. Vera’s fondest dream, like that of so many other radicals, seems to a world where everyone lives in shared misery.
As a person involved to the extent I am, I often get phone calls from landowners, some whom I have never met. They say “do you think drilling is coming soon,” “I have lost my job” or “My spouse has passed and I will lose my home or farm unless I pay my taxes.” I have heard many fractivists profess that if gas wasn’t there they would have lost their homes anyway, but what kind of callous disregard must one possess to adopt that attitude toward their fellow human beings in pursuit of what can only be described as ideology? Perhaps the 20th century provides some answers.
Are Upstate New York Residents Destined to be Broken Eggs?
Yes, a few folks might lose their home anyway, but most would receive a well deserved reprieve, the kind of mercy fractivists are not inclined to offer. The gas is there and it could, in many cases, be the very opportunity these families need to maintain their farms and homes. But, Vera Scroggins and her paid allies such as Isaac Silberman-Gorn and all those kids to be hired by Clean Water Action (funded with dark money from the Energy Foundation) celebrate on the backs of these hard-working people crying out for a break. Vera Scroggins, in fact, brags about how the years have gone by with no drilling in New York. Who acts like this? Why would someone from Pennsylvania take such glee in Upstate New York misery?
It’s not about the environment; that much we know. The record is abundantly clear from the experience of other states and even the EPA that fracking is safe. Therefore, it must be ideological. Scroggins’ Facebook post suggesting I’m opposed to solar energy gives it away, in fact. I’m not against solar. I am against the shallow arguments too many fractivists put forth on behalf of solar and how, if we just follow Tony Ingraffea”s plan we can be off fossil fuels in a matter of a few years. Solar may be good overall, but it’s not without sin, as this article reveals. Also, did the Channel 12 Action News video say the school was going to quit using fossil fuels? No, it didn’t because solar will not and cannot provide all the energy needed. It’s a good supplementary source of energy when the rest of us aren’t paying for it with ridiculous subsidies but that’s as far as it goes, for now.
I asked Vera why she celebrated the economic hardships of Upstate New York, and why she hadn’t moved to New York as a sanctuary from fracking and she answered:
“I won’t move to NY until I’m done exposing and revealing all the Harm this Gas Industry is doing to us and Pa , and the US and the world…I won’t move till this Industry is shut down and stops harming the residents of the planet….”
Yeah, it’s ideology; the same type of ideology that espoused the theory “you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” We know how that worked out. Tens of millions enslaved and the worst industrial environment imaginable. I’m not saying fractivists are communists, but the tactics aren’t that much different and the total lack of empathy for one’s fellow human beings in Upstate New York to make an ideological point is breathtakingly cruel.