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FRACKERS REBRANDING FRACKING

September 25, 2014
FRACKERS REBRANDING FRACKING

When a product or corporation takes a hit in public opinion, one of the steps that will be taken is to change their name or roll out a rebranding campaign. Led by their front group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), frackers are rebranding fracking. Or to put it another way, they are putting a pretty red bow on a pile of poop. How much are they spending on this fracking rebranding campaign? They won’t say. It’s proprietary, hush hush, in the same fashion as the super-double secret ingredients in the chemicals used in fracking. With the blessings of the Heritage Foundation, a right wing think tank, the fracking ad campaign feature actors , including a little girl, saying “ Fracking’s a good word”, “Fracking Rocks” and “Fracking: Rock Solid for […]

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UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

June 27, 2014
UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

With much fanfare and political photo-ops, the media was flooded with stories about a new pro-natural gas “grassroots” group back in march 2014. The name of the group is United Shale Advocates (USA).   As was pointed out in GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates is far from being a grassroots organization. It’s gas-roots, or more to the point ASTROTURF. Astroturf groups are industry backed groups posing as “Grass”roots. In other words, just as Astroturf is fake grass, Astroturf groups are fake grassroots groups. More proof was found today in the form of a “Robo-email Blasts” urging members to write their legislators. They even tell the members what to write. Many gas-roots Astroturf groups, industry spokespeople, and supporters have accused Fracktivist groups of using Robo-email Blasts in the past. Somehow, when a […]

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BOLUS’S CAPONE CONGRUENCY

June 10, 2014
BOLUS’S CAPONE  CONGRUENCY

Al Capone, head of the most profitable crime syndicate of the Prohibition Era and mastermind of the notorious 1929 “Valentine’s Day Massacre,” seemed above the law.   In 1931, Capone was convicted not of crimes related to bootlegging , extortion or murder, but rather for failing to pay income tax. Al Capone once complained about the bad reputation of his criminal enterprise: “Some call it bootlegging.  Some call it racketeering.  I call it a business.” On Friday, June 6, Brian Bolus and other members of his family were indicted on insurance fraud, theft and “related counts” connected with doing business. The Bolus businesses were also charge and include: Minuteman Environmental Services Inc., Minuteman Spill Response, Inc., Minuteman Towing Inc., Bolus Truck Parts and Towing Services Inc., Key Brockway Inc., Key Sales […]

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DRILL BABIES FOOLED AGAIN?

April 8, 2014
DRILL BABIES FOOLED AGAIN?

While following the latest “GAS”roots organization, United Shale Advocates (USA), which was created by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a quite by former President George W. Bush came to mind.  He mangled an old saying: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Mark Twain put it a different way: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled”.  The MSC/USA project is a poster child for fooling people over and over and over again.   MSC/USA project is touted as being “grassroots”.  It’s not, it’s GASroots.   See: GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates for more on this. DRILL BABIES […]

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GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates

April 4, 2014
GASROOTS - United Shale Advocates

Last month the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a fossil fuel funded lobbying organization, launched a “grassroots” advocacy program. “The goal of United Shale Advocates (USA) is to give a voice and a platform to those who support shale development in Pennsylvania but who are not directly involved in the industry”, said Steve Forde, vice president of communications and outreach for the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition. What does that mean?  It means we have yet another fossil fuel funded public relations campaign masquerading as grassroots. The term “grassroots” implies that the creation of the movement and the group happens at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time, energy and resources to work on an issue which concerns them.  A true grassroots organization does not typically have […]

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FOSSIL FUELS, MORALITY and THE STUPID

November 17, 2013
FOSSIL FUELS, MORALITY and THE STUPID

A friend of mine sent me a link to a paper, which at first glance I thought it was something from “The Onion” or MAD magazine.   The title of the paper,  “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” cause me to run and find a roll of gauze so I could wrap it around my head to prevent my jaw from hitting the ground. It’s an 11 page paper written by Alex Epstein, Founder of Center for Industrial Progress.  Epstein is also the author of Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet, (he never did say which planet). EPSTEIN’S CREDENTIALS Per DeSmogBlog:  “Alex Epstein is the director of the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), an organization he founded in 2011. Its mission is to “inspire Americans to embrace industrial progress as a cultural […]

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TESTING LABS – DON’T KNOW FRACK Part 4

September 26, 2013
TESTING LABS – DON’T KNOW FRACK Part 4

Don’t Know Frack Part 1 Range Resources Don’t Know Frack Part 2 DEP-Don’t Know Frack Part 3 BREAKING NEWS: September 25, 2013 DEP FINES ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY $60,000 FOR VARIOUS VIOLATIONS Excerpts: The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has signed a consent order and agreement with Microbac Laboratories of Pittsburgh, which requires the lab to pay a civil penalty of $60,000 and to conduct an independent review of its laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland. Microbac Baltimore was accredited under DEP’s National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program to test and analyze drinking water, non-potable water, and a variety of soils, chemicals and liquids. During a DEP inspection in April 2013, DEP found a number of violations, such as failure to properly calculate holding times for samples; overall failure of management to provide […]

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DEP-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 3)

September 25, 2013
DEP-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 3)

Don’t Know Frack Part 1 Range Resources Don’t Know Frack Part 2 Michael Krancer was appointed as Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary by Governor Tom Corbett in 2011.  Krancer resigned his position effective April 15, 2013 and returned to his old law firm of Blank Rome which represents a number of natural gas corporations operating in the Marcellus Shale.  He is now head of Blank Rome’s Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice. His famous quote, “At the end of the day, my job is to make sure gas is done and gas is done right” provided many observers a unique and different perspective as to the term ‘environmental protection’. According to DEP Compliance Report (i.e. violations) for dates between Jan 1, 2009 thru August 31, 2013, Range Resources […]

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RANGE RESOURCES-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 2)

September 24, 2013
RANGE RESOURCES-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 2)

Click here for Don’t Know Frack Part 1 With almost any issue facing us today we hear the mantra of needing transparency.  The government needs to be more transparent, regulatory agencies need to be more transparent, corporations need to be transparent and the general public rallies behind the mantra. Political campaigns often carry a talking point or two about supporting and needing more transparency.   Corporate advertisements and talking points will tout their transparency. Specific to the natural gas industry it appears they are about as transparent as the drilling mud from an inadvertent return to the surface, (i.e. drilling mud spill or blowout). In the A Motion for Contempt and for Sanctions in the Form of An Adverse Inference Docket No. 2011-149-R  it was pointed out Range Resources ran to […]

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DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 1)

September 23, 2013
DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 1)

Note:  Range Resources and Fracking Cocktail recipe issue will be presented in a series. It is recommended to go back and read previous posts (listed below) to be familiar with the background. What’s in Your Water? Don’t ask the PA-DEP DEP FrackWatergate: Questions PA Department of Environmental Protection FrackWatergate Tap Dancing with DEP – FRACK Watergate FrackFocus and Fig Leaves FracUNfocusED FracFocus Out of Focus? Harvard Law Says YES! Of all the issues about natural gas drilling, perhaps the one which has garnered the most media attention is water contamination and just what is in the fracking “water”.  According to who in the industry you listen to, the amount of chemicals added to water and sand are between 0.5% – 0.9%.   Each “frack” in the Marcellus Shale uses between 5-7 […]

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