On December 12, 2012, Dory Hippauf gave an excellent presentation at the regular meeting of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition Luzerne County PA HOME). In it she profiled the money-soaked and influence driven connection between the gas industry and its sponsors in and out of government. She included the history of Energy in Depth: (Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 3).
Joe Massaro, one of EID’s “field director” hit-men was at the GDAC meeting, and he filmed the entire presentation–presumably to write a hit piece on Dory, just as he has on me (Wendy Lynne Lee: Activist, Professor and Now a Fiction Story Teller | Energy In Depth – Northeast Marcellus Initiative) to go with Giles Howard’s hit-piece on Alex Lotorto (Who Is Alex Lotorto, Well Street Occupier? | Energy In Depth – Northeast Marcellus Initiative), to go with Bill DesRosiers’ on Duke Barret (Citizen’s Commission Stacks the Deck to Scam Pennsylvania Residents | Energy In Depth – Northeast Marcellus Initiative), to go with Nicole Jacobs on Scott Cannon (Talk About A Loose Cannon on the Marcellus Shale Deck! | Energy In Depth – Northeast Marcellus Initiative). EID has a special place in its otherwise frozen heart for GDAC–a place called fear.
But a week has now passed–and nothing. Indeed, Massaro behaves as if he wasn’t even at the meeting. Why? There’s only one reason: once you see the connections which gave birth to EID, you cannot but draw the conclusion that EID is absolutely nothing but a well-paid stable of charlatans for the fracking industry. Their aims, however, are not merely the promotion of fracking for natural gas; their aims are to try to silence the opposition through a smutty and slutty combination of personal attack, ridicule, question-begging, straw fallacy, and plain fabrication.
They hire a few willing women on their hit-squad to help green wash and gender-sanitize EID’s promotion of an industry that’s responsible for the pollution of air and water, and they recruit as many folks willing to sell out grandma’s and grandpa’s farmland as they can (Green-Washing and Gender-Sanitizing Fracking: Rachael Colley and Nicole Jacobs of Energy in Depth).
But they can’t touch Dory. Were Massaro to even try and write that hit-piece, he’d have to put up the video he took of the presentation. He’d have to honor his promise to GDAC that he’d put it up unedited. And he can’t do that without EID being exposed as the mercenary industry weapon that it is. And lots of us would know immediately if he doctored that video at all. We were there.
We know the whole dirty, profiteering story behind fracking. We know the lies about the safety, the benefits, and the jobs. Joe Massaro knows it too.
A silent “pretend it didn’t happen” Joe Massaro is all you get.
All the while, corporations like, say, Exco, Calfrac and Oakley and Minuteman just keep on fracking up the promised land.
*Photographs all taken at the Exco/Calfrac/Oakley/Minuteman double frack-action site on Rt. 118, Lycoming County, PA, 12.17.12. This site is less than three minutes from an elementary school, less than five from a church and a diner. It sits on the main road in and out of Lairdesville, PA, and about eight miles from Hughsville. For the complete set, and some text see: