Tom Shepstone has not posted on Energy in Depth since May 27th. Has he been sacked ? Ole’ Sheepdip may have been the kind of fracking gashole that gives fracking gasholes a bad name, but I’d rather deal with a lying fracking idiot that we know than have to contend with some new fracking pro that might actually know what the frack they’re talking about. If you agree, join Keep Sheepdip at Energy in Shallow ! He’s a useful pinata.
Some people say that Tom Shepstone was fired for inadvertently telling the truth in a fleeting moment of truthfulness. If so, it’s already been erased from their website. Telling the truth may not actually kill a frak flak, but it will evidently get them fired.
I, for one, am not gloating. It’s not that I’m immune to schadenfreude. It’s just that we cannot underestimate what a boon frak flaks like Shillburger have been to the grassroots movement in New York. Where would be without all the lying sacks of flowback that the industry uses as spokesmen ? Vermont ?
Shepstone was the frackers point man on fracking New York. How many of the hundreds of fracking bans and moratorium in New York was Shilstein indirectly responsible for ? I’d say at least 30%. Easy. He damn sure was more effective at convincing towns to ban the practice than I ever was. They listened to him – and ran the opposite way. They listened to me and just scratched their heads, muttering in sotto voce “what the frack ?”
Don’t believe me ? When Shillstone took over at Energy in Shallow as “political coordinator” for New York there were no bans in the state. There are now 172 bans and moratoria. I think the Clark Foundation and Gazprom owe this dude a gold watch or something. I will spring for $5 to that end. Plus a 4 pack of Ommegang. OK, I will drink the Ommegang X 4 with Slottje and contribute the fiver. Honest.
To paraphrase Voltaire (or was it Henny Youngman ? ) If Sheepdip did not exist, we would have had to invent him: To show why we don’t want New York fracked.
Same with Karen “Mushrooms” Moreau, Dennis “The Fracking Menace” Holbrook, Sue “The Middle Finger” Dorsey. Koch Sock Puppet Uni Flake – and the other fracking loose change that are paid to front for frackers in the littoral of the Marcellus. With celebrity fracking spokesmen like that, who needs Gasland II ? Mission Fracking Accomplished ! (By the way, what ever became of that little fracking weasel Scott Cline – now that there’s an apparent growing scarcity of fracking weasels ?)
From the outset, I have noticed that the frackers were not sending the A Team to The Boondocks of the Marcellus. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but the industry representatives in New York are not the brightest bulbs on the Wellhead Christmas Tree. In fact, what they do not know about the oil and gas business is a hole fracking lot. But many local frack babies looked to them as being fracking experts.
This may strike you as uncharacteristically, indeed implausibly vain on my part, but when I went to debate a representative of Chesapeake two years ago, I actually thought they would fly some middle management executive up from Oklahoma. On the G4. Silly me. It turned out to be a local kid, who Chesapeake had simply force-fed with company propaganda – until their eyes bulged – like Sheepdip’s. That’s what Energy in Shallow is now made up of – a bunch of K Street PR puppies. Carl Rove wannabes.
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I for one would rather have a bobblehead like Shillstein to kick around then to have some industry spokesman that might actually know what they’re doing . Wouldn’t you ?
Keep Sheepdip ! Bring back that Old Fracking Windbag ! Add some hefty BS to Energy In Shallow !
I take back all those things I said about him. OK, most of those things I said about him. OK, some.