When caught out as being members of the fracking lobbying group IOGA, (Independent Oil and Gas Association), two consulting firms that wrote key sections of the dSGEIS for the DEC denied being corporate members, stating that their employees were members. Catch is that there are no individual memberships available at IOGA – except for sole proprietorships, as stated on their website:
“G. Individual: Those sole proprietors (not incorporated) with a maximum of two (2) employees.”
So the consultants – notably “Ecology and Environment Incorporated” and “Alpha Geosciences” were doing a bit of extemporaneous prevarication. In short, they lied. Their employees could not have been individual members of IOGA. Their employees may have represented them but the consulting firms were members – they just denied it when caught. Sometimes they get paid to lie. Sometimes they lie for free. Some times they even lie to reporters. Imagine that.
Here’s a copy of the IOGA lobbying letter that shows them as members:
The preposterously named “Ecology and Environment Incorporated” (E&E) wrote the hyperbolic Ode to Shale as the “socioeconomic” addendum to the dSGEIS, which the shale charlatans have used to hype shale in New York:
Rob Galbraith for Lil’ Sis: E & E has many ties to the oil and gas industry that compromise its objectivity as an author of a portion of SGEIS reviewing the impacts fracking will have if allowed:
E & E has a stated financial interest in unconventional gas development in SEC filings and has done much work for the industry in the past
E & E’s socioeconomic analysis on fracking’s effects was based on overly optimistic assumptions and glossed over potential negative economic impacts
E &E has ties to the now-defunct Shale Resources and Society Institute at the University at Buffalo. Both an author of the study that inaccurately asserted that fracking was becoming safer in Pennsylvania and one of its reviewers are E & E employees, or were at the time.
Another IOGA member, Alpha Geosciences, who prior to becoming a frack shill, was an expert witness for the defendants in the Love Canal pollution scandal
And URS Corporation, another Made-As-Paid Shale Shill – all listed in the letter as IOGA members.
The IOGA membership list clearly shows the individual members first – there are only four, one of whom was Gastem’s former geologist, Richard Nyahay. So, had Ecology and the Environment, etc. not been represented by a designated individual, that person’s name would have appeared with the other individual members – as an unaffiliated individual member – a sole proprietor, not an executive with E&E or Alpha.
In plain English, the consulting firms were members of IOGA when they worked for the DEC. Because that’s what they were hired to do the work: make shale gas look pretty. Put lipstick on Butch, the rig dog.
The rest of the list reads like a rogue’s gallery of the kind of frackers that give frackers a bad name – Anschutz, who sued the Town of Dryden and lost, Lenape, the fracking drama queen that sued the Town of Avon and lost, and the bankrupt Norse Energy, who found a new calling as a Rent-a-Plaintiff – that loses lawsuits. Plus the usual camp followers and fracking parasites.
The letter itself is simply the usual Gas Blonde Fracking Happy Talk – such as Bloomberg thinks fracking is great, that “some” scientists agree it’s safe etc. etc. Lots of jobs. No problems. Nowhere. Ever. Honest. It even trots out all the old chestnuts, including the one where no well has ever contaminated water in New York, nowhere, never. Really.
75,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in New York; nearly 14,000 remain active. Those wells have never contaminated groundwater, according to the state DEC
Not true. A lie by IOGA’s accomplices at the DEC perhaps, but a lie just the same. And everybody knows it’s a lie. Water contamination and gas well drilling go hand in hand, particularly where HVHF wells are involved drilled near shallow water wells.
IOGA invokes the MIT Frackademic study, winner of the Asimov Science Fiction Prize, where the frackademics at MIT concluded that most shale gas wells don’t leak – provided there are no wells older than 9 days old are included in the “study” – (no, I can’t make this stuff up):
Ironically, IOGA not only disapproved of the last draft of HVHF regulations, but said they would sue the DEC if the rules were implemented:
No wonder the consulting companies decided they didn’t want to have anything to do with IOGA. Since that might make them look like fracking shills. Even though the DEC hired them to shill for shale in the first place. Kind of fracked if they do and fracked if they don’t.
Sometimes you need Dory to make sense of all the fracking intrigue . . .