Energy In Depth Family Tree

by Chip Northrup on July 13, 2012

in Chesapeake Energy, PSYOPS

Dory has done a masterful job as usual at connecting the dots on the fracking shills. Here’s her family tree on possibly the biggest bunch of misfits since the Manson Family: Energy in Depth, producers of the fracking mockumentary Truthland. Or, as their new bosses know them  深入能量, which translates as “Noble Gaseous Truths” . The misfits that work for EID are the modern equivalent of the scam artists that worked for Big Tobacco back when we were told that “smoking was good for us”. Some of these fracking shills still masquerade as “land planners” and “consultants” to hide the fact that they are just paid fracking shills. As if that’s something to hide . . .

More of Dory’s work here:

Energy-In-Depth: The “Dots”

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

john bozeman July 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Why is EID’s connection to the energy industry any worse than your employment at Earthworks ? Both sides have an agenda, both sides make valid points, and both sides stretch to make their point from time to time.


TXsharon July 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

This is not the first time Mr. Bozeman has made huge assumptions that were totally wrong.


pak July 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

just as TxSharon and the other anti-frack crowd make huge assumptions


Tim Ruggiero July 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

It’s called INTEGRITY. EID has none. There is not one of us that haven’t been victimized in one way or another. We’ve also, not one single time, mislead, lied, distorted the truth, ignored the truth, hired public relations people or firms to ‘respond’ to any issue or topic.

I’ve caught EID a number of times flat out lying, or worse, creating their own ‘truth’. One of those times was when Mayor Tillman and I were doing a presentation on the Marcellus Shale back in April of 2010. There were at least 150 people in the room, half of which had either digital cameras or video cameras, and we even had the local news station come. Not one of those people were shy about the fact they were taking pictures or videotaping. Except the dude from EID, who videotaped while in the seated position.

He took his video back to the Liar’s Club where they then carefully edited the video and essentially manufactured one of their wn using sometimes one single word either Calvin or I said to make it appear that we we said something else.

When I called them on it on their blog, spelling out specifics about who I was and what I said, the blog post mysteriously disappeared as did their video.

The vast majority of us that are on this side of the issue-the victim side, that is, are not paid to go to meetings, put on presentations, comment on blogs, take and post pictures and videos, visit gas sites, file public information requests, and do not get paid to visit and speak to groups. We are all mostly volunteer that have actual other day jobs. Yes, there are people who work for Earthworks and OGAP that get paid, but I can assure you that not one of those people are in it for the money, they’re in it because they give a damn-mostly about YOU and YOUR environment.

If you look at any of the vast research that Dory has put together, you’ll notice that every one of those people’s day jobs is FIGHTING us, and every one of them get not only paid, but their whole organizations are fully funded by gas and oil.

I’ll only speak for myself, but here’s my ‘family tree’ in regards to the work that I do on behalf of shale victims across the United States:

Tim Ruggiero-Shaletest

Shaletest-Funded wholly by donations by myself from my own personal income from my day job, no relation whatsoever to any environmental group, and funded by other private individuals that that also have day jobs not related to oil and gas.

Unlike oil and gas, and EID, we have nothing to hide. Nothing.

I’m growing weary of having to explain in great detail over and over again to the John Bozeman’s, Pak’s and Nick’s of the world how this works.

I’d like to explain more, but I have to run off to an unpaid meeting with some other unpaid people who give a damn about victims of the shale to discuss our self-funded trip to Washington DC.


TXsharon July 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

I did this for free way more years than I have done it for pay. I worked all day at a day job then went home and worked into the wee hours of the morning on this issue. I helped people and I got damn good at it so now I get to do it for pay–not a lot, but enough to meet my basic needs and allow me to donate to organizations like ShaleTest. I am also a major donor to Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability so I help fund my own job. All the people I work with give back although they have very little.

Tim is part of my family tree.


Chip Northrup July 17, 2012 at 6:27 am

I don’t work for Earthworks nor did the author of the family tree.


Chip Northrup July 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Mr. Boozeman, I am not employed by Earthworks. I have been employed by me/ myself /i + my wife for almost 40 years.

EID are a particularly scurrilous bunch of PR types. They’re the current equivalent of the tobacco industry shills – when that industry was in denial (publicly) over the hazards of smoking.

EID serve that function for shale gas companies – they deny, deny, deny – as a legal and political strategy – it worked for Big Tobacco for decades.

We’re just trying to accelerate the learning curve . . .


TXsharon July 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

The Big Oil & Gas Mafia = The Big Tobacco Mafia

The Big Tobacco Mafia knew their product was harmful and they did the same thing the Big Fossil Fuel Mafia is doing: They lie, they use paid liars, they kept the formula secret, they paid off the victims and required gag orders, they bought fake science. Sound familiar? They even use the same PR firm Hill & Knowles (or maybe it’s Knowles and Hill). It is lying and harming the public intentionally for profit.

Thank You for Smoking


Nick July 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Wow I have been gone awhile and return to find your blog is attacking another blog..It’s good to see your real issues have apparently subsided to the point that they aren’t as important as they once were?

Has Ft Worth recovered or is it still noise & smell?


Robert Finne July 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

IED originally tried to bill themselves as a “grassroots” ma and pa coalition till DeSmogBlog busted them out by publishing an internal memo showing they were funded by the biggest players in the industry.

They debuted with a lie and continue to carry on that tradition.


pak July 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

too bad we won’t be shown an incestous family tree of the anti-fracking crowd and let us not forget Josh fox’s mocumentary Gasland which has been shown to be very disengenous


TXsharon July 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Here is our family tree: Notice that we are all very different but the one thing that brings us together and binds us like glue is the fracking we all received.


Andy Mechling July 14, 2012 at 12:11 am


Back it up one time; if you will.

I would really appreciate if you would sketch for us that “incestuous family tree of the anti-fracking crowd” you refer to.

If you can’t come up with specifics, please feel free to generalize. Be vague, if need be. I’m just dying to hear about this.

Be sure to include peaceful protests in places like England, Austrailia, Colorodo, Michigan, North Dakota, South Africa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York.

Heck, I’ve never been to any of those places, but I’m still quite concerned about neighborhood safety and aquifer protection.

I see a genuine grass-roots movement unfolding. You see incest and conspiracy.

Please feel free to explain.


Chip Northrup July 17, 2012 at 5:51 am

EID’s rather lame attempt to rebut Gasland was Truthland
The premise of which was a complete fabrication


Dory July 14, 2012 at 3:40 am

You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard!
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 1
By Dory Hippauf

Chesapeake Energy – Peeking Behind the Curtain
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 2
By Dory Hippauf

Energy-in-Depth (EID): The “GAS”roots
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 3
By Dory Hippauf

also see:

Cabot, Krancer and Dimock
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 4
By Dory Hippauf

Pieces of Silver – Act 13
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 5
By Dory Hippauf

Aubrey McClendon: Chesapeake Energy’s Little Problem
By Dory Hippauf
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players–Part 6

Marcellus Shale Coalition: In the Lobby
By Dory Hippauf
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 7
Larger views of diagrams and more info see –

Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s Swivel Chairs
By Dory Hippauf
Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 8


john bozeman July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Wow you guys must be a lot of fun to talk baseball with. The thing is, only Mr. Ruggiero actually bothered to answer my question instead of just slinging accusations (he did get around to that, though) and calling names. From what I gather, Mr. Ruggiero deserves some sympathy for having found himself the unwitting owner of surface that was subject to drilling rights. The fact that there has been a lot of drilling in the metroplex HAS resulted in dislocations that have caused some real (and some only perceived) hardships. I doubt, however that the extreme (“stop consumerism now”) reactions from Ms Wilson are actually going to help much. I won’t say that you catch more flies with honey, but I have helped a surface owner in your area (free of charge) deal with an oil company and have gotten real, tangible, results. That happened because I approached them (Devon if you must know) with a firm but cordial attitude and truly knew what I was talking about. Disclosure-although we were successful in increasing damages paid, we could not convice the surface owner that her land was not forever ruined even though it was fully compensated for and completely restored. People that beleive a spill cannot be fully remediated do not understand nature. Those same people somehow think a concrete home foundation or a manicured lawn is more “natural” than a wellhead. Anyway it sure is fun to talk with all of you.


john bozeman July 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Gosh Mr. Ruggiero, it says right there on your website that Shlaetest is affiliated with Earthworks. It also says, right up front on the website, that EID was founded by the IPAA, so what’s the “shocking revelation” that the people on EID work for the energy industry. You try to make it sound like “fighting” you is inherently evil. Is a Dem “fighting” the GOP evil ? They might be (just kidding) but not just because they have an opinion or even get paid to express it. Lighten up a little, this is like the fable about the blind guys desvribing an elephant by feel. There’s a lot to this picture. thanks jcb


Chip Northrup July 17, 2012 at 5:55 am

You evidently have never actually met one of the lowlifes that work for EID
Not something most people would aspire to . . .
Like the cigarette shills, they are a worthy target for general contempt
Individually and collectively


john bozeman July 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

No I have not met any of these people. On the other hand, I’ve never met YOU either but I’m willing to suppose you’re not totally evil or a “lowlife”. Maybe I can meet you (or them) sometime and make a final determination.


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