Energy In Depth loses track of sockpuppet

People on the ground 2013-02-05 at 7.18.20 PM

OOPS! Over at, the Joseph Massaro edition of the Fracking Joe Camels, got confused about which sockpuppet was speaking. He posted a love letter to the fracking industry supposedly written by a Cecil Township resident named Janice Gibbs. Only he forgot to log out of his EID identity and into his sockpuppet ID so he got busted.

sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term—a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock—originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an internet community who spoke to, or about himself while pretending to be another person.[1] The term now includes other uses of misleading online identities, such as those created to praise, defend or support a third party or organization…

We’ve already exposed these industry trade groups like EID participating in astroturfing and setting up echo chambers, now we know they can’t keep their sockpuppets straight.

EID likes to round up all those spare socks–the ones who’ve lost their mates in the dryer–and turn them into “community voices” who will say that fracking is the greatest thing since sliced bread. One of EID’s fracking Joe Camel’s sticks their arm up the puppet’s, ah, backside and makes the puppet’s mouth move.  (Sometimes this can happen with real, live people too.)

People in Cecil Township should keep their eyes peeled for a couple of new sockpuppets dressed like locals who will serve as the EID echo chamber in that Township where there has been some resistance to fracking too close to homes.

Part of the fracking Joe Camel tactics is to vilify anyone who dares to ask questions about fracking or who dares to try to place  the safety of air, drinking water and the residents’ well-being over fracking.

If you answer your phone, and someone says scary things, don’t worry. It’s probably one of these guys who forgot his identity and can’t remember where he is.


 UPDATE: The comments over at are highly entertaining. Even more entertaining is Dory’s response.


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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. Texas Widow says

    I shared with you my sock puppet experience…..when I had my house for sale after the first wells were put in my backyard…..and a you-know-who rep pretended to be an interested buyer. After showing him the house, and answering all his questions, he admitted he was a rep from *****, and was sent by them to snoop, why I was selling, see if I was a potential troublemaker. Unbelievable. I felt very violated by what he did, and how arrogant he was after admitting the truth. I threatened to call the police, and he laughed, gave me the most smug smile I’ve ever seen while driving off.

    Of course, as you know, that was just the first of the nightmare to come.

  2. Not Tim Ruggiero says

    Sharon, these are all things you just make up! It’s all lies! Check out the real truth on Energy In Depth.

    • David says

      Ha-ha ‘real truth’ isn’t that like a double negative? They must have morons working for EID.

  3. Andy Mechling says

    Sharon you’re kinda blowin it for me.
    I used to love it when those boys in suits would up on this site pretending to be local women. Those were the good old days. But now you seem to be discouraging this behavior. Sometimes I think you’re just no fun any more