My pal Deborah Goldberg, or as I call her Lady Chainsaw, is where the rubber meets the road in the legal battles to keep frackers at bay. Great interview here. She looks so harmless, doesn't she ? At least that's what shale shysters Tom West and Scott Kurkoski thought before she had their guts for garters. Advice to frackers: If this person shows up carrying a legal brief, cell phone and notepad - do not make eye contact - walk slowly back to your truck, get in, lock the door, and head back … [Read more...] about Deborah Goldberg Frack Fighter
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If you get a chance to see Deborah Lawrence speak, take it. She explains The Shale Game better than anyone. And perhaps more importantly - before anyone (other than Art Berman) and years before The Wall Street Journal, ctc. http://energypolicyforum.com/ Simply put, The Shale Game is a whole a lot like the Sub-Prime Mortgage Market - before it hit the fan . . . Like Sub-Prime Mortgages, The Shale Game is dependent on systematically over-valuing an asset on the financial … [Read more...] about The Shale Game Exposed by Deborah Lawrence
Observations of Nicole Dillingham on the Middlefield and Dryden case appeals. My comments or emphasis in bold: As attorney for the first Appellant, the bankrupt Norse Energy Corporation, Tom West, argued first. He had a shaky start. He said that to make the capital commitments necessary for gas extraction the industry needed “certainty” with respect to regulations, not a patchwork of local rules. At this point he went so far as to urge the Court to “put yourself in the shoes of the … [Read more...] about Middlefield and Dryden Appeal Report
Home Rule, a municipality's legal right to apply its zoning laws to oil and gas wells, was defended Tuesday in New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals. The judges grilled both sides, but left the distinct impression that, if the Legislature wants to specifically preclude a municipality from applying land use laws to oil and gas drilling, the Legislature will need to expressly prohibit it. Because the statute in question clearly does not. The trial courts and the state appellate … [Read more...] about New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule Videos !
How Earth Justice helped my pals in the Town of Dryden, New York. There are environmental posers - even Environmental Defense Frauds and there is the real thing: http://earthjustice.org/ There are show-boating Shale Shysters, and there are solid lawyers - like Team Slottje and Deborah Goldberg, who helped defend the Town. A local group invited me to speak in Dryden two years ago. I was supposed to debate a representative from Chesapeake Energy and one from the Independent Oil & Gas … [Read more...] about Facing Frackers Down: The Dryden Story
Middlefield and Dryden defend Home Rule for all New Yorkers this Thursday in Albany. EarthJustice, the premier defenders of the public and the environment, is handling the case for the towns. The plaintiffs, a bankrupt Rent-a-Plaintiff and a corporate welfare queen, are represented by Chesapeake's lobbyist. The DEC is conspicuous in their absence from the Dryden and Middlefield lawsuits. That speaks volumes since both cases are about the DEC's ability to regulate drilling activities, in … [Read more...] about Defend Home Rule This Week !
Study: Fracking chemicals pose potential health threat to children and mothers Researchers find exposure to chemicals used in controversial extraction process could damage fertility and cause birth defects Research published in the peer-reviewed journal Reviews on Environmental Health today finds fracking operations use and create chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, miscarriage, impaired foetal growth, low birth weight, preterm birth, and premature or delayed sexual … [Read more...] about The Daily Frack – Dec. 5
New York's most amusing Shale Shyster, still smarting over the fracking fool he made of himself at the Middlefield appeal, is back trying to shake down land owners for legal fees to fund his latest fracking frivolous publicity stunt. Only catch is he has no case and no plaintiff. Which makes it kind of tough to raise cash for a non-existent lawsuit. Even from shale suckers. Shale Shyster Tries to Raise Money for Fracking Publicity Stunt Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:00 AM EDT Frustrated by the … [Read more...] about Shale Shyster Shakes Down Shale Suckers
Mayor Bloomberg is helping fund an experiment in "safer fracking" anywhere but in NYC's watersheds. http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/bloombergedf08162012/ Because New York City's drinking watershed is completely off-limits to such lame fracking experiments. For good scientific reasons - here's an excerpt from NYC's take on fracking: "The difficulty of remediating diffuse contamination and other risks once allowed into the environment, and the potentially catastrophic … [Read more...] about Hizzoner the fracking hypocrite
THE TOWNS OF MIDDLEFIELD AND DRYDEN WIN - FRACK BANS ARE SUSTAINED New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, has upheld the right of municipalities to apply their zoning ordinances to prohibt shale gas industrialization. After reviewing the Town of Dryden and Town of Middlefield trial court rulings, the Appellate Court's unanimous affirmation of those decisions, and listening to the oral arguments, the Court of Appeals ruled 5 to 2 in favor of the towns, affirming that oil and … [Read more...] about NEW YORK SUPREMES AFFIRM HOME RULE !