Sunday, March 23, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Guilty of Criminal Acts of Terrorism:

I love my friends who are working to "criminalize fracking".

However such legislation ("Public Law #1") does not exist now.
Not even a bill under consideration
in any legislative body that I know of.

Part of my strategy is to find how
fracking is already a crime
under existing law.

To this end, I've been reading the United States Code.
Here's a little nugget I found,
which could be used (for example)
in a complaint against Cabot Oil and Gas.

Summary of this law:

  • Lying to the Government: 5 years in Jail.
  • Lying while Putting humans lives at risk: 8 Years.
  • Lying while intimidating or coercing civilian populations: 8 Years.
Quick question:
  • Has Cabot, Williams, WPX, Spectra, Energy in Depth, API, IPAA,
    Range Resources, Chesapeake, (or there contractors or agents)
    lied to the government? like in any regulatory filings?

  • Have the put human lives in danger?

  • Have they paid EID, "Diversified Services" and others
    to intimidate civilians?

h/t to Bret J who asked me to look up
legal definition of "Domestic Terrorism"
from the PATRIOT Act.

This is Federal Law :  United States Code

Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004

  1. 18 U.S. Code § 1001 - Statements or entries generally
    (a)...whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive,
        legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States,
        knowingly and willfully
    (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
    (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
    (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
    shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

  2. 18 U.S. Code § 2331 - Definitions

    (5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—
    (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
    (B) appear to be intended—
    (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
    (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
    (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
    (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

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be happy and free from suffering :)
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