Energy In Depth Family Tree

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”


  1. john bozeman says

    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.

    • Tim Ruggiero says

      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.

      • says

        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.

  2. says

    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 . . .

    • says

      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

  3. Nick says

    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?

  4. pak says

    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

    • Andy Mechling says


      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.

  5. says

    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

  6. john bozeman says

    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.

  7. john bozeman says

    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

  8. says

    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

  9. john bozeman says

    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.