Uni Blake is the new Koch Sock Puppet for fracking on national TV.
We have all gotten spam emails, claiming that we’ve just won the Nigerian National Lottery, or must contact the Nigerian Oil Ministry right away about some money they have for us. Just check your spam box. . . Well, now lucky Upstate New Yorkers are being treated to a similar scam from a supposed Nigerian that lives in New York. Who fronts for frackers. Not the Nigerian National Lottery or Oil Ministry. So that’s an improvement, right ? You’re going to win the Shale Gas Lotto, not the Nigerian Lotto. Congratulations.
The lastest postcards that are carpet bombing Upstate New York with shale spin come from from a purported Nigerian – Uni Blake, aka “Uni Flake” – who previously fronted for Gastem, a Toronto penny stock shale scam, then blogged for Energy in Depth, and is now the featured spokesperson for the Koch Fracking Front group, “Empire Energy Forum” – who cranks out those postcards and RoboCalls. On behalf of the Kochs. Not the Nigerian National Oil Ministry. (That I know of )
Uni Blake is now the official Koch Sock Puppet on TV. Another marriage of convenience made in fracking hell. Guess the TV Gas Blonde just wasn’t cutting it anymore for the frackers, huh ? And who better to replace the Gas Blonde, than a Nigerian “toxocologist” ? I mean, after all, when you think Fracking Paradise, you think Nigeria, right ? Isn’t that the classic example of how frackers colonized, exploited and then just generally fracked a country senseless ?
So why not use a Nigerian to tell New Yorkers how great fracking is ? Look what it did for Nigeria.
(A reader claims that Ms Blake was actually born in Kenya. Like Obama. . . )
Here’s a typical report of this latest fracking propaganda blitz :
“Just received my 3rd flyer from Empire Energy. Each one has been different. This one sports a woman on the front Uni Blake who claims to be a toxicologist and mother of 5 from Maryland, NY. She claims there is no documented incident of groundwater contamination caused by shale gas industrialization – anywhere.
That is a complete lie. And a grossly misleading one – most of the problems caused by shale gas industrialization come from the leaking wellbores themselves – not contamination from an errant frack – and from the surface pollution of the activity.
Inside is a diagram of drilling and the “precautions” taken by the gas industry to ensure safety. (It is entitled “Shielding ensures safety”). It lists 3 “facts” – (1) NY already has strict oil and gas regs which are being strengthened and that there is community input,
That, of course, is a blatant lie. New York has the worst oil and gas regulatory system in the US – there is no state tax on gas production, there is no autonomous environmental oversight, and it has the worst compulsory integration. New York has no HVHF regulations whatsoever, and the ones proposed were written by industry – Ms. Blake’s employers – to be as weak as possible.
(2) the casing and cementing precautions prevent contamination and
That is grossly misleading. If the well bore leaks outside of the cement plug, the cement is useless. Horizontal shale wells are textbook ways to vent methane into groundwater. Over time all shale gas wells will leak. Just a matter of when and how much.
(3) drilling wastes will be captured in tanks (never being put in ponds and never touching the ground). Reuse and recycling of wastewaters and solid wastes.”
Drilling muds can be stored in open pits, drilling wastes can be stored in open pits up to a certain size well, and the disposal of wastewater and solid wastes have not been adequately addressed by the DEC.
So, on balance these RoboCalls and postcards read as pure spin – basically an industry scam. Spam, whether delivered by the TV Gas Blonde or a brunette “toxicologist.”
Uni Blake, who claims to be an “Environmental Toxicologist,” has been a paid spokesman for fracking for several years in New York state, starting with fracking fiasco Gastem USA, then as a “guest columnist” for Energy In Depth, etc. and now, as a Koch Sock Puppet, as their national fracking spokesperson:
Uni Blake – the Koch Brother’s Fracking Spokesperson on national TV:
- As an independent environmental consultant, Uni Blake has worked on various projects related to the regulation of toxic substances in surface and ground water …
May 28, 2011 … M.S., Environmental toxicologist. ; Blake represented the Independent Oil Gas Association of N.Y. at the Assembly Public Hearing on Health …