Monday, August 31, 2015

Scott Cannon, A Bully and Liar in Tales from the Pipeline Wars

Scott Cannon, who according to State Impact Pa, enjoys calling people gasholes and has made over 50 internet videos showing adverse effects of gas drilling, pipelines and related infrastructure is the latest antifracking activist attempting to silence me by bullying me online









"You get paid to write blogs from Tom Shepstone on his Natural Gas Now website to discredit activists who oppose some gas development. We'll, that takes away any questions on your bias, now doesn't it?" says Scott Cannon to me via what appears to me to be the standard operating procedure of an antifracking activist. That standard operating procedure is: bullying, lying and making false accusations whether online or in person and this behavior is not limited to targeting politicians, FERC employees, natural gas industry employees but extends to anyone who dares to open their mouth to speak words that are not the talking points of the anti-fracking movement. Even me. Even though there are lots of letters to FERC, a certificate order on the Rockaway Lateral project in fact and lots of evidence that says otherwise, Scott Cannon as an activist can just say whatever he likes about me. That's just how he rolls.

It is no secret that the great fracking war is divisive. As early as fall 2011, a NY times headline describing how "civility is fading" in the fight over gas drilling was likely an understatement.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/nyregion/in-cooperstowns-fight-over-gas-drilling-civility-is-fading.html  How disgusting and low the actual behavior is of the activists involved has to be known to people other than me who get close to this issue. Its shocking that this behavior is then celebrated and encouraged  by environmental leaders and politicians.

Scott Cannon is not the first anti-fracking activist to absurdly and falsely accuse me of either being a shill for the gas industry, a spy or some other crap, but at least he is not someone who has met me like some of the activists at the Sane Energy Project, United for Action or Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline among others. Nor will he be the last I imagine. Posts on this blog are labelled "activists gone wild" for a reason. Here is a link to a group that Scott Cannon is associated with called the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition.  Apparantly the website has a disclaimer where hey.. the organization basically says themselves that they can't guarantee the accuracy of what they say.
Shocker!  The website  also says the following:


"We acknowledge that each individual group member in their actions and speech, represent the coalition as a whole, and therefore are reminded to be mindful in speaking and acting in a manner that professionally and respectfully represents the group as a whole."
Scott Cannon is a fine example of what the activism against fracking, natural gas and pipelines looks like.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Reading Between the Headlines: The Issues of Fracking and Free Speech Collide

In The Rockaways a pipeline debate took a contentious turn.  The issues of Free Speech and Fracking collided. This has national implications.


It isn't a coincidence that all the screenshots are of articles in Al Jazeera written by Peter Moskowitz. I chose the articles for a reason. 


In The Rockaways a pipeline debate took a very contentious turn. The issues of "Free Speech" and "Fracking" collided. This is not just a local issue. It has national implications. The truth has been buried and in its place in the news only myth and misinformation multiply. The people responsible for the myth and misinformation are antifracking activists and reporters. They all have names. Many have been mentioned on this blog but not all.

"If you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow." --Emile Zola

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Picture Can Speak Volumes


I'd like to credit the photographer for the picture above but right now but I can't remember exactly where I was on the web when I screencaptured the image. It is however a photograph which captures some of the action at a fossil fuel resistance event which involved civil disobedience and arrests that occurred in NY state recently, part of the We Are Seneca Lake campaign.

In a creative writing class one summer a wonderful professor, a poet,  as an exercise had the class first choose two photographs they found interesting. Later the students were required to create a short story, a work of fiction, based upon something the pictures inspired and the result, the student's stories represented most of what the students grades were based on. I was one of those students. It was a terrific class and exercise and the poet would probably make it on a list of teachers that I remember the most fondly. That same summer I also  took a photojournalism class where photography was explored in a much different way, to tell a true story. The teacher was a working photojournalist who would also likely make it on that list of favored educators.

It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But one could also write a thousand words  about certain pictures. There are two pictures in this post and if I wanted to do I could write lots and lots of words about them and how they might speak of the times we live in and also how that time is being presented to us via the news or other media.

In the pictures are police, people with cameras, a social media post, and a WBAI radio broadcast in the making, which featured the voices of people completely ungrounded in fact or reality.


Erik McGregor captures the filming of a WBAI broadcast featuring Kim Fraczek and Patrick Robbins with Reverand Billy lying about the Port Ambrose LNG import project along with lots of other things.

At the library works of fiction and non-fiction are labelled as such. In the news these days over some environmental issues and other things its awfully hard to tell which of the two you are actually getting.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The "Indypendent" Flat Out Refuses to Print anything but Misinformation and Propaganda on Port Ambrose


It is a sad day for independent journalism and it's a sad day for journalism in general. The Indypendent, which according to Wikipedia "has won numerous awards"  and "has served as something of a "farm team" for other progressive media organizations", has consistently despite receiving information that says otherwise, promoted myth and misinformation over fact about the Port Ambrose proposal in multiple articles for over a year now. 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being...an Activist

Sane Energy activists have no problem dragging everyone down with them as they drag Patagonia into their misinformation campaign on Port Ambrose LNG import project

The activists responsible for bamboozling the public, reporters and politicians for two plus years now about the Port Ambrose LNG import proposal and also on the history of the Rockaway project are accountable to no one. They don't represent a community. They aren't elected to speak for one. It appears that they can simply been seen as experts or powerful entities representing lots of members just based on their word, a clever press release, facebook meme, or any other number of activist tactics.

Josh Fox's Gasland social media promotes a conspiracy theory that the Port Ambrose LNG import project is for export and directs people to sign a form letter that says so


So in this moment, while the EPA head Gina McCarthy, presumably in some way accountable to citizens, says "Cleaner-burning energy sources like natural gas are key compliance options for our Clean Power Plan and we are committed to ensuring safe and responsible production that supports a robust clean energy economy.",  May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, a climate activist who lives in Brooklyn who is currently being promoted as one of 10 leaders who are reshaping the environmental movement disagrees. 350.org says the opposite, which is basically what I have seen for years now with activists surrounding the issue of fracking and natural gas. It is what defines the activism surrounding the Rockaway pipeline and Port Ambrose proposals. According to a very recent press release from 350.org, "the only safe way to deal with fracking is to end it". I can almost guarantee that quote has already been picked up by someone somewhere in the media.

One dirty secret about the environmental world, its leadership or activism tactics is that it is in no way held accountable. It isn't just 350.org either. Because the environmental activist world is like any other, the controversy over natural gas development in NY state and the Deleware River Basin has impacted many organizations which network or associate with each other, not just the ones that have sprung up over this issue.

One consequence of the activism surrounding the war on fracking is that the public is losing access to credible information on natural gas and environmentalists are losing their ability to provide credible information to the public as well.. To quote Ms. Mccarthy again quite recently:
 "Hydrofracking has certainly changed the energy dynamic considerably. You are absolutely right, it has created an opportunity for a shift away from coal into natural gas, and that shift has been enormously beneficial from a clean air perspective, as well as from a climate perspective."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On Politicians, Port Ambrose LNG "experts" and the "news"

According to the Rockaway Times Melinda Katz is just the latest of Queens politicians who mostly appear to be courting a miniscule  number of people when it comes to the Port Ambrose LNG proposal over all the rest of their constituents












According to Jon Cori, in an article recently published in the free newspaper the Rockaway Times, Jessica Roff of the Catskill Mountainkeeper, a woman who is responsible for lots of misinformation on the rockaway pipeline project and has often described the Port Ambrose LNG proposal as the EXACT OPPOSITE of what it is in reality, was an "expert" fielding questions about the proposed project at a protest event this past weekend in the Rockaways. To go into the history of "reporting" by Queens publications on both the Rockaway Pipeline project and the Port Ambrose LNG proposal over time and what qualifies as news or even information or a source is probably something that could make up much of an entire course in a university level journalism class.

https://www.onrockaway.com/page-14.html  On Rockaway reports that there were about 50 people at this sparsely attended protest (which according to Jon Cori's article was organized by a number of groups and business sponsors) and some people were local. The leader observer writes an article titled "community draws a line in the sand presumably meaning the Rockaway community. However, social media pictures of the actual event display photographs of non-local organizers or activists, whether fractivists or occupy organizers, like Patrick Robbins, Monica Hunken, Jessica Roff, Judith Canepa, and Maureen Healy, among others. 


Monica Hunken formerly of Occupy the Pipeline appears to coordinate perhaps a photo at the Port Ambrose LNG draw a line in the sand event in the Rockaways




So who are the politicians or government officials listed in the various news articles, who one would assume should be interested in what benefits their constituents as a whole, but who for the last two years seem to be more interested in courting votes at rallies or hearings or gaining some street credibility mainly from antifracking movement? The tally of those folks from this weekends event include Phillip Goldfeder, Joseph Addabbo, Melinda Katz and the new NYC Parks’ Rockaway Supervisor Portia Dyrenforth.


NY Environment Report Emily Manley "reports" on the Port Ambrose LNG proposal, politicians like Donavan Richards and David Denenberg (who may be currently behind bars) , the antifracking movement "umbrella group" Sane Energy Project and the No LNG Coalition 


















How is all of this poor reporting or communication possible?  Well one reason among many and it might be the most important is that the "reporters" like Emily Masters of the Environmental Report blog, whose bio describes her eight years experience in the nonprofit, conservation, and local food fields, and Jon Cori do not understand what they are reporting on. I've seen for three years now as the news coverage on natural gas projects oscillates between what appears to be PR by official sources, be it politicians or companies and then PR by activists. I've seen more misinformation in the news than real information. Another important reason why the misinformation may build over time is that reporters and politicians may find it hard to believe that activists or people they trust, often are aligned or are friendly with might not give them information that is anywhere near the truth.

Many leaders of local environmental groups, including fractivist organizations like the Catskill Mountainkeeper and Sane Energy project, have in fact been promoting misinformation on the Port Ambrose proposal as well as their numbers, expertise and influence for the last two years.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Port Ambrose Misinformation Campaign: All the Tweets Fit to Print and a Video

David Giambusso, Capital New York Energy reporter tweets a photo of  the anti-frack movement's Cuomo puppet when covering the Port Ambrose LNG project "resistance"

"The anti-fracking movement is back complete with @NYGovCuomo effigy #portambrose" tweets Capital NY's reporter David Giambusso.

Direct Action makes it happen! Occupy Wall Street on Port Ambrose LNG project

"Direct Action makes it happen!" Occupy Wall Street ryhmes in an important chirp.  

And some people use more than 150 characters to express themselves on the Port Ambrose LNG import proposal.  Elizabeth Press, who according to her bio at the The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is "a media-maker and educator based" in New York,City produced a really fascinating video on the Port Ambrose LNG IMPORT project, which you can watch here:  https://vimeo.com/124712287   

Elizabeth Press' ideology is apparant in her bio. It speaks volumes about one huge reason why it is that certain media is spectacularly unable to report on the Port Ambrose proposal and the antifracking/ enviromental movement's complete misinformation on it. 
 "Before she focused her work on the environment and alternative transportation, she mainly worked at alternative media outlets. Elizabeth produced for the independent TV/Radio program, Democracy Now!, edited for Worldfocus on PBS and freelanced for Grit TV with Laura Flanders."
There's a reason why "objective" journalism is important in a democracy. Fact-based information might matter somewhat too.

Tales from the FERC files: Mav Moorhead an antifracking expert speaks and other excerpts

The Stop the FERCUS Circus, A Carnival of Misinformation, Rrde the Carousel of Antifracking activism and misinformation  with Kim Fraczek, Beyond Extreme Energy, Sane Energy and friends 

Mav Moorhead, an expert and antifracking movement veteran's basis for intervening in  CP13-36 Application for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project

"I am a stakeholder in this proceeding as I am a resident of New York City. The overwelming health and safety reasons connected with my concerns regarding this pipeline are expansive. The radiation issue and terrorist issues concerning this pipeline are reasons for careful review and denial of this pipeline. There is currently no radiation oversight concerning measurements radon 222 in gas flowing thru the pipelines in regard to radiation as well as levels of methane leaks. Allowing export of gas thru this pipeline is the main reason for its planned construction. This puts New Yorkers at serious risk for terrorist attacks turning the Rockaways into a terrorist target and risks for explosions are highly increased because of this industrialization of the high pressure high volume pipeline imposed as a plan for the Rockaways. This pipeline should not be permitted into New York City, a densly populated city."  2/12/2013 

Mav Moorhead, an antifracking expert speaks in the villager article "Occupy Wall St and Ruffalo whack fracking, pipeline by Albert Amateau : http://thevillager.com/villager_444/occupywallstreet.html   

"Mav Moorhead, a member of NYH20, declared, “FERC has never stopped a pipeline from approval. After a final ruling the only recourse is to sue in federal court. Historically, that is the only way to stop the pipeline at this time.”
Moorhead said that Spectra’s ultimate goal was to create a worldwide market for natural gas from Marcellus Shale fracking."
Oh, what I wouldn't give to have been a fly on the wall back September 2010 when Buck and Mav Moorhead, founders of NYH2O, spoke at this  event titled "What is fracking?" http://cornwall-on-hudson.com/article.cfm?page=6254 . Or for that matter at any of the  NYC Community Board hearings or meetings  where fracking "experts" Buck and Mav Moorhead spoke. 

Alternate title for this post: The media is either asleep when covering the fracking issue and the antifracking movement's leaders and messaging, willfully closing their eyes or unable to take the time to do real research as reporters, like Nick Pinto for one, are too close to the activists they cover or too reliant on them for information. 

Second alternative title for this post: This is a lot of what antifracking anti-pipeline activism looks like: agitprop, hysteria and misinformation. Some characters mentioned:  Kim Fraczek of Occupy the Pipeline, Sane Energy, the People's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and Mav and architect Buck Moorhead of both NYH20 and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, two antifracking organization that intervened in the Rockaway Pipeline docket. 






Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sane Energy's Kim Fraczek and Clare Donahue Teach-In on Port Ambrose LNG for Toddlers!

Kim Fraczek and Clare Donahue with an audience of young children 

Not satisfied with handing out flyers on the beach or presenting themselves as experts on the Port Ambrose proposal to the NYC Council and just about anyone willing to listen, in 2015 Sane Energy's Kim Fraczek and Clare Donahue start holding miseducation forums at day cares.

Alternate title for this post: I told you already. These activists are out of control. The rockaway pipeline project was the most interesting untold news story and the activism surrounding it and Port Ambrose still is.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"Something that looked like the Monopoly guy" protests the Constitution Pipeline and other fracked up "news"

Photo by Kyle Adams 


"Blue ribbons streamed down the streets of Albany and something that looked like the Monopoly guy stood tall in front of DEC offices." So begins the article with probably one of the most entertaining lead sentences I've read on a pipeline protest, and I've read plenty of articles and lead sentences on pipeline protests. Please follow the link for the rest of just that one article on the NY antifrack movement's most recent Constitution Pipeline protest: http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3875770.shtml ...

Or watch a video here! http://www.dailygazette.com/videos/2015/aug/11/2271/

Or, as typical of this movement's total domination of the news cycle and reporters, you can choose from a gaggle of press coverage of one wee group of people and a sparsely attended event:
1.) Like here: http://wamc.org/post/constitution-pipeline-protest-albany#stream/0 , where it is said that "Dozens of New Yorkers living along the proposed Constitution Pipeline route descended on New York's state Capitol today to call on the Department of Environmental Conservation to protect their land and lifestyles."  Or over in... "ALBANY — Opponents of the Constitution Pipeline and other natural gas infrastructure projects planned for the area marched on the state Department of Environmental Conservation offices in Albany on Tuesday to urge the agency to deny the project’s final water permits." - http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2015/aug/12/0812_pipeline/
What species is on my head photograph and other photos  by Cindy Schultz  in the Times Union


3.) Or... you can opt to entertain yourself with only the photos over at the Times Union's coverage of the most recent Stop the Constitution pipeline's presser. Perhaps play a game similar to Wheres Waldo where you search through the pictures for the different pieces of art and attempt to identify the species illustrated . (If you do read the article, take it with a grain of salt because the reporter Brian Nearing isn't likely to question the credibility of any of his sources or their claims.)

Kim Fraczek who doesn't live near the proposed route featured with a Microphone but no turntables at the Constitution Pipeline protest in Kyle smith's story at the Daily gazette


Craig Stevens, who unlike the FERC has yet to meet a pipeline he likes, and Roger Downs  of the Sierra Club, credit Kyle Adams

Where have I seen Craig Stevens and Kim Fraczek before? In the news? Where haven't I seen them is a better question.

 Alternate title of this post: The media's coverage of the antifracking movement and pipelines like the Constitution Pipeline (yes that is a link to another article featuring a lawyer saying some important stuff like the rally she just participated in was "spirited") or rather its failures at every stage of the reporting process is a scandal much much bigger than one college "rape culture" story that needed to be retracted by Rolling Stone. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/business/media/rolling-stone-retracts-article-on-rape-at-university-of-virginia.html?_r=0


Monday, August 10, 2015

A Confederacy of Dunces holds a parade in Long Beach (Port Ambrose LNG parade)



Some pretty and colorful pictures (credit Steve Soblick) worth thousands of words in the never ending saga of activists (mostly fractivists) misbehaving and misinforming. There is never any need to hear the words spoken as the imagery and the art, even if it is the "art of the con", is really what this PR campaign is all about.

 The people's puppets of occupy, occupy the pipeline, Sane Energy project, (basically all the same people), Clare Donahue, Jessica Roff of Catskill Mountainkeeper went out to Long Beach Long Island to celebrate the three long years of misinformation that they have been bringing to people near the shore whether in the Rockaways or Long Island about the Rockaway Project and Port Ambrose. And surprise surprise, there was a willing politician ready to speak some words at the podium and make some friends as well, along with Kim Fraczek and Patrick Robbins. This time it was Todd Kaminsky. (Oddly enough a politician who in his former life prosecuted Michael Grimm, the politician who introduced HR2606 into Congress prior to the public hearing about the bill and proposed pipeline project.) HR2606 of course was the bill that enabled the Rockaway pipeline to move forward. That is already ancient history (three years ago) and not only ancient history but a history that has been buried and already mythologized as well.

I wonder if former prosecutor Todd Kaminsky is aware that the Sane Energy Project is basically a fraudulent group.