Tagged Politics

Food and Water Watch Is Conning Taxpayers in Every Way

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   Food and Water Watch is a completely radical organization that is conning taxpayers by using loopholes in the tax code to operate politically as a charity. Yesterday, one of our readers sent me a news story about Chester County, Pennsylvania election results. The Philadelphia Inquirer article, written by Andrew…

Job-Killing Sierra Club Abuses 2,500 Atlantic Sunrise Workers for Fun

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  A frivolous Sierra Club lawsuit has forced an Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline work stoppage, putting 2,500 people out of work and to the unemployment office. Just before the holidays, thousands of workers who were working on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project have been escorted to the unemployment office–courtesy…

Activist Group’s Misleading Map Exaggerates Spills on Public Lands

Anti-fracking activist group WildEarth Guardians (WEG) is out with another misleading public lands campaign, this time with the release of an interactive map that purports to illustrate “rampant” oil and gas related “major undesirable events” on public lands. You might recall that WEG’s public lands focus started earlier this year when it protested a Nevada…

#ExxonKnew: Two Years of Harassment, Zero Legal Charges

This weekend marked two years since New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his official investigation into whether ExxonMobil misled investors and the public about the impacts of climate change.  Despite several years and significant resources being committed to the investigation, as well as millions of documents turned over by ExxonMobil, Schneiderman has yet to…

2018 Shaping Up As Extraordinary Year for Pennsylvania

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   Dan Markind looks back at the severance tax debate and ahead to elections, LNG exports, a recovering economy and an extraordinary 2018 for Pennsylvania. Last Monday, Governor Tom Wolf signed off on a funding plan for the 2018 Pennsylvania State Budget.  It does not contain a shale…

Our Favorite Big Green and Fractivist Stories This Week

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   There have been a number of big green and fractivist stories out there in the digital universe this past week. Here are three of my special favorites. Some weeks there is just so much to take in and analyze when it comes to big green and fractivist issues, we simply…

Unfortunately, All Pipeline Politics Are Anything But Local

Keep It Grounded In Fact (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)    Pipeline politics, like fractivism, is a movement of outsiders, out-of-staters and well-funded special interests having little to do with local issues. Six people were arrested last month in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for blocking construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, four were residents of New York…

Fracktivists’ Theatrical Stunts Are All Hype, No Facts

Lately, Colorado anti-fracking activists have spent a huge chunk of their time protesting at the “wrong door” of a county commissioner’s home, staging poorly timed “die-in” protests, shutting down an energy company’s community meeting and even crashing the Colorado Governor’s book signing. Some might call these stunts acts of shameless attention seeking, as these “Keep…

DRBC: Hey, We Don’t Do No Stinkin’ Economic Development

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   A comment by the DRBC in regard to folks concerned about the economic impact of its proposed fracking ban reveals stunning ignorance as well as arrogance. Energy In Depth has a nice summary of the hearing held in Waymart earlier this week to gather local opinion on the…

Tax-Exempt Catskill Mountainkeeper “Charity” Does Politics

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   The Catskill Mountainkeeper, a tax-exempt charity under Federal and New York State law,  is engaging in blatant lobbying although it says it does almost none. One of our readers forwarded me a Catskill Mountainkeeper emailer this morning and made a very good point; “I think they should lose tax…

State Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Fracking Ban

Connie Mellin Natural Gas NOW “PAShaleAdvocate”   Elected officials, community leaders and residents came together yesterday to offer testimony on the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban and the economic impact it would have. An important hearing to discuss the DRBC’s proposed permanent ban, was held yesterday at the Camp Ladore Pavilion in Waymart. It was led…

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