Anschutz is trying to assign their lawsuit against Dryden to a fracking zombie – Norse Energy. They say their loss against the Town of Dryden is not worth appealing. So they quit right before a third New York court affirmed Home Rule.
In yet another twist of fracking fate, born-again-billionaire Phil Anschutz is trying to assign his lawsuit against Dryden to dinky Norwegian fracking prospector, Norse Energy, who have yet to be able to find much gas in New York – only a lot of hot air courtesy of Norse’s rather peculiar father/ son team of fracking shills who ironically are currently trying to unload their New York properties – but have now implausibly agreed to try to take over Anschutz’s right to appeal against Dryden. Probably because no grown-up oil and gas company would touch those worthless leases or that lawsuit with a 11 fracking foot pole. Anschutz could not even foist it off onto local frackette Johnny Hole Co. – who has already threatened to sue the DEC and the Town of Avon, presumably at the same time.
In the vernacular, Anschutz punted, they caved, they blinked, they got cold feet. Probably as soon as they read the court’s ruling: State agencies regulate how gas wells are drilled. Towns can regulate where – if at all. In New York, as it is in Colorado, where Anschutz is from. (In Norway, where Norse is from, shale gas wells are illegal onshore, making Norse an odd choice.)
Aschutz is trying to dump the lawsuit onto a rent-a-plaintiff that arguably does not even have standing in the case against the town. What is left of Norse has apparently been assigned two of Anschutz’s leases in the town for $10 a pop – as a pretense of having standing to continue the suit. Anschutz is letting its other leases in the area lapse.
Anschutz is exhibiting a certain un-christian spite in the matter, attempting to foist their lawsuit off onto a slipshod operator like Norse – just to burden the Town of Dryden. With born-again billionaires like Anschutz, who the frack needs fracking satan ?
So now Norse is left with the unenviable task of putting lipstick on a dead pig. Norse will inherit the tedious fracking thespian, Tom West, who has been trying to find anyone with a pulse to take over Anschutz’s appeal for months. So West may have to settle for Norse – a fracking cadaver in New York – for a client. That would be curiously fitting, don’t you think ? A vampire lawyer and a zombie client ? They can file their appeal on Halloween. . . .