William Penn Foundation at Center of $100M Dela. Basin Collusion

One of the worst of the worst non-profit organizations that continues to fund anti-shale activities in the Marcellus/Utica is the William Penn Foundation. By all rights their non-profit (i.e. tax-free) status issued by the IRS should be revoked because of their overt support of anti-fracking initiatives. But we’re not holding our breath. MDN friend Tom Shepstone has written extensively about this odious organization and the many puppet groups it supports (see Tom’s article No Pipeline Capacity? No Jobs? Blame William Penn Foundation.). Here’s just some of the money issued by William Penn to radical anti groups: Sierra Club Foundation – $350,000; Penn Future – $275,000; Clean Air Council – $200,000; Delaware Riverkeeper Network – $290,000; New Jersey Conservation Foundation – $205,000; PennEnvironment – $110,000; EarthJustice – $200,000. Millions of dollars buys a lot of influence (and a lot of people). Another organization supported in part by William Penn is the taxpayer-funded StateImpact Pennsylvania, a PBS train wreck. StateImpact is a mouthpiece for William Penn. So we found it interesting that they ran an article (no doubt commissioned by William Penn) that admits William Penn and nearly $100 million (from William Penn and other sources) is at the nexus of some 40 “conservation” groups colluding in their attempt to keep development out of the Delaware River Basin. That development includes farming and shale drilling…

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