Karen “Mushrooms” Moreau knows how to treat town boards like mushrooms – keep them in the dark and shovel manure on them. She certainly knows how to do that, since she was a mushroom farmer, which she makes a big deal out of in her fracking infomercial. Now she’s paid to go from town to town trying persuade town boards to surrender their towns to the frackers. So that they can put up with fracking nonsense from a slipshod operator. Or publicity stunts and public threats from a fracking gasser.
“Mushrooms” Moreau is the head of a gas industry front group that made the fracking mockumentary “The Empire State Divide”. Much ado about her background as a mushroom grower, when in truth she was simply a gas industry lobbyist and the mockumentary was yet another gaseous infomercial, like Truthyland, that bombed at the box office.
The premise of the fracking infomercial was that fracking was going to “save” New York farmers – which is not how fracking works. Only a small minority of locals own enough land to even play the fracking lotto, as a recent Penn State study concluded. The real “divide” is between the citizens of New York and the frackers that paid for Karen Moreau to make the “Empire State Divide” mockumentary. The infomercial co-starred corporate welfare queen, Jennifer Huntington. Who is the plaintiff – as basically a fracking puppet – in the Middlefield lawsuit. Which she lost. And has yet not even bothered to appeal. Maybe because the suit never had any economic substance – per the New York Farm Bureau.
I had a cameo in the mockumentary and made the point that there might be a few “Beverly Hillbillies” created in the shale game lotto – but most people would lose. And few locals are likely to get jobs working on rigs. Most fracking jobs will be held by out-of-state/country itinerant crews. If any locals do get hired, they will soon cease to be locals – they will follow the rigs, like a carny job, straight out of town.
“Mushrooms” Moreau convinces us that the only people that will really benefit from fracking New York are professional shale shills, like herself, and the frackers that paid for the mockumentary.
When she isn’t posing as a mushroom farmer, making mockumentaries, or acting as a fracking shill in Albany, she goes around making speeches to towns to try to talk them out of using their road and land use ordinances to protect themselves from fracking – she tries to get them to turn Vichy on fracking and she dismisses any attempts for a town to defend itself, which is what responsible towns do all across America. Here she is at a town meeting making her pitch to surrender to fracking. Surrendering a town to be fracked appeals to town boards that are corrupt enough or irresponsible enough to take advice from a fracking shill.
Over 130 New York towns have ignored “Mushrooms” Moreau. They have refused to be treated like mushrooms – by former mushroom farmers like Ms. Moreau. They have stood up for their rights like towns all across America.