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Food & Water Watch, now apparently representing Craig Stevens to protect themselves, is exposed along with the total lie that has been the Dimock narrative.
I’m going to need a much bigger blog…
Yes, following the hearings yesterday in Montrose and the big news about Food & Water Watch and Catskill Mountainkeeper funding Craig Stevens, his deposition by Cabot, which was made a part of the court record, was published by FrackNation. It is such fascinating reading that it’s going to take 2-3 posts to discuss it and all its implications. Suffice it to say it proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, the entire Dimock narrative as spun by fractivists, with the aid of a compromised press, has been a dirty lie.
The transcript, a highlighted version of which may be found here, reveals six big things every person interested in the truth needs to know:
- Ray Kemble has been the hapless victim of his friends, their manipulators and their funders.
- True believer Bill Huston, who has attached himself to what he thought was a noble cause, has also been a victim of these people, as well as his own delusions of grandeur.
- Craig Steven has been a victim of his own considerable ability to do the sales hustle.
- Trial lawyers have been trying for years to leverage Dimock to make it rain high-payout lawsuits and haven’t cared who they’ve had use to get what they want.
- Fractivist groups such as Food & Water Watch and Catskill Mountainkeeper have coordinated with each other and trial lawyers to frame the false Dimock narrative using stooges only too willing to be used.
- The entire enterprise has been purchased with huge dark money donations from wealthy elites.
There’s so much to discuss from the deposition transcript, and it has to be read in its entirety to fully appreciate the points made above. Stevens repeatedly reversed himself during the deposition as evidence came forward from Cabot proving what he had earlier said just wasn’t so. Therefore, unless you read it all, you won’t appreciate how hard he worked to avoid disclosing who his enablers were. One also needs to bear in mind he appears to have been represented by legal counsel offered by either Food & Water Watch or Catskill Mountainkeeper during the proceedings (emphasis added):
Q. Your attorney did not instruct you to answer — did not not instruct you to answer that. Communication with Food & Water Watch or Catskill is not privileged. Did someone from Food & Water Watch or Catskill tell you that they would pay for an attorney for you?
A. I have been offered assistance, yes.
Q. Who offered you assistance?
A. Well, both but…
Q. So both Food & Water Watch and Catskill said they would pay for an attorney for you?
A. They would help me secure legal help, yes.
So, why would these two organizations be willing to pony up to hire Posey & Lebowitz, hot shot trial attorneys from D.C., if that’s, in fact, how it went down? Well, that came out loud and clear in the questioning of Stevens about his business called Clean Life Systems:
Q. Did you ever do any consulting for Food & Water Watch — well, did Clean Life Systems ever do any consulting for Food & Water Watch?
A. No, my — Catskill Mountainkeeper is the one that I’m working through…
Q. Okay. And was Clean Life Systems ever paid by Food & Water Watch?
A. If anything, got maybe some travel money or something for going to a location, but not — not the same as the relationship with Catskill Mountainkeeper.
Q. Okay. So if my understanding is correct, Food & Water Watch, if I understand what you said, Food & Water Watch may have paid you travel reimbursement, but they weren’t paying you, like, consulting fees?
Q. Well, does Mountainkeeper give you a 1099?
A. Do they give me a 1099?
Q. Have you ever received a 1099 from Food & Water Watch?
A. Not that I know of, no.
A. I believe there’s a — there’s a maximum amount — I don’t — I believe there’s a maximum amount needed to be given before a 1099 is generated and if anything was done, it was below that number…
Q. Okay. And just back so when I talk about payments, like for example, Number 30, Produce all documents that refer or relate or reflect payments to you from Food & Water Watch. Has — let me –just to make sure. Has Food & Water Watch ever made any payments to Clean Life Systems other than what you said was travel reimbursement?
A. Not that I recall…
Q. And if I understand you correctly, the only payments that Clean Life System would have made to Mr. Kemble would have been for things like between friends that were, like, under $20?
A. If it’s a payment it was for something that we were — he was working on for me or doing something like that, so if it’s just — yes, back and forth would be low dollars…
Q. Okay. Let me back this up. When I asked you earlier if you had paid Mr. Kemble any money, you said, no, nothing other than like $20 among friends?
A. That was loaning back and forth, but paying $500 a week to deliver water was a totally different — he was delivering water — replacement water, so I didn’t correlate the two on what I was saying. I — when we were talking about money back and forth between friends, that was not between friends. He was doing a service, I paid him $500 a week to do it so I didn’t understand earlier that we were extrapolating it to the water delivery.
Q. Okay. Earlier when I asked about any payments to Mr. Kemble we included payments for services and you said like payments when he fixed your truck and then you said loans back and forth, exchanges, and you never mentioned paying for water deliveries, but now you’re saying you paid him actually 500 a month?
A. A week.
Q. Oh, 500 a week?
A. The expenses alone were probably half of that in gas and things.
Q. Okay. And were you using your own money to pay for that —
Q. Okay. So they — so at that point were you still paying — were you still paying in 2013 and ’14 Mr. Kemble to deliver water to them?
A. It became more of — of a group effort because they didn’t want me to continue doing it, so someone would pitch in for gas, the local neighbors were doing that.
Q. Oh, local neighbors?
A. Yes. They paid their own expenses, the Franklin Forks people, the gasoline, and we had to figure out the water bill and things like that.
Q. Okay. So let me — and when you said they didn’t want you doing that anymore, who is “they”?
A. The local neighbors realizing that I was basically footing the bill for a couple years there.
Q. So the local neighbors realized that you were footing the bill?
Q. Okay. And they decided they didn’t want you to have to pay anymore so they were going to —
A. I couldn’t continue, so they — they — you know, I just told them I can’t continue doing it so, of course, other people started to step up. It’s amazing what happens when you set an example for people to do the right thing, so they did it.
Q. And if I’m understanding you correctly, you were not receiving assistance from any other organization to pay Mr. Kemble that 500 a month, correct?
A. Not organizations, people, I was getting — starting to get donations from all over the Northeast, people were sending me some money to — towards the truck, it all went towards the truck expense, but not organizations to speak of, it was individuals…
5 Q. Did Food & Water Watch ever pay the water bill?
A. No, I’ve paid the water bill or we did locally who paid the water bill since it’s been installed. My name is on it, they send me the bill.
Q. Did Food & Water Watch ever reimburse you for the water bill?
A. Not — not reimbursing for anything really, they’re — the main reimbursements were coming from either the local community or people from New York State. So there was no water bill reimbursement except for the cash or checks that came in…
Q. Okay. But just so I’m clear, Frack Action never — when I say you, Frack Action never made any payments to Clean Life Systems?
A. No, I — not that I recall. Nobody from groups really, it was individuals that I was getting the checks from…
Q. Okay. So if my notes are correct, since 2009, you have been pretty much full-time dedicated to the Clean Life Systems as far as the air — marketing and consulting for the air and water treatment, correct?
A. 2000- — yeah, so 2009, that was my primary, yes.
Q. Okay. And did that change — so you said you started doing some other type of consulting as well with respect to property and — property rights and I think you said contamination from pipelines, correct?
Q. Okay. When did that type of consulting work start?
A. Well, after the — well, I didn’t consult for anybody, I did it on my own because I had a pipeline right-of-way and a gas lease so, as you know, you guys are in the business of giving people some good money for giving their — giving their property, so I got quite a bit of money from the gas lease and the — not a ton, but enough money where I was self-supportive and was able to go out and kind of do my own thing.
Q. And when did you start doing the consulting for property rights and the pipeline type of work?
A. Almost immediately moving there because my —
Q. Well, I mean consulting for — being paid by people for it?
A. Oh, well, it started off, as I said earlier, that people would give gas money or put you up somewhere because you are coming to the area. So it wasn’t really financial, but then it became where I was asked to go to different places, more places, so that became having to ask for more than just expenses. So I would say that was probably 2015 — I mean it’s 2014, 2015, probably.
Q. Okay. And in that time period I think if my — if I’m remembering correctly, you said that you were doing that consulting for Catskill Mountainkeeper?
Q. Okay. And did you have a set, like, consulting amount per month, was it based on how many times you would go out and do things, how did — how was that arrangement?
A. It became pretty steady working with that and just in my business also on the side, but it was basically a monthly that I would mail them an invoice for.
Q. Okay. So you would actually send them an invoice for the — the work that you did —
A. In a month.
Q. — correct?
A. Yes, just month to month.
Q. Okay. And what was the — in 2014, what was the monthly, like, an average monthly for an invoice?
A. Is that —
MR. POSEY: I’m going to object. You can answer if you know.
THE WITNESS: It’s private financial record, I’m not really interested in sharing with everybody.
BY MS. BARRETTE:
Q. I understand you’re not, but we’re at a deposition and it’s a discovery deposition, so what was the average monthly in 2014?
A. About $4,000…
Do you know Wenonah Hauter?
A. What’s the last name?
A. Oh, Hauter, yes.
Q. Okay. And how do you know her?
A. She’s the director of Food & Water Watch.
Q. Have you any — ever done any consulting for her that you were paid for?
A. No, I’m — no, it was Catskill Mountainkeeper is the one that does it, but I’ve done work with them and, as I said, got compensation for expenses…
Q. And one of the answers that you gave, you stated, Well, here is the interesting thing, when I moved here there were about 50 people that would show up at public meetings to discuss their firsthand experiences. These were people from Dimock, PA and other surrounding areas. Besides that, there really was no collective organization — organizing in Northeast Pennsylvania, but we found that by telling our stories we brought the interest of organizations like New Yorkers Against Fracking and Mark Ruffalo’s group Water Defense, they started to adopt us. What did you mean when you said “they started to adopt us”?
A. Just becoming interested, they had no idea, but they had a big interest in finding out what was planned to be brought to New York. So “adopting” means coming to find out firsthand and then that’s what I understand, that’s what I was putting in there, was adopting us like becoming interested enough to start sending people to see what was happening…
Q. Okay. And it’s — you talk about — you said I took — I was meant to take these stories further out, I took them to all these state houses; North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio. In taking those stories out and in talking about them, is that part of the consulting you were doing and being paid for by Catskill Mountainkeeper?
A. No, that award was in 2015, so I was talking about prior to that where I was basically self funded.
A. Between ’10 and probably ’13 or ’14.
Q. Now, when you’re out, in speaking and talking about, you know, water issues and things like that, are you — is that what you would define as your consulting work for Catskill Mountainkeeper?
Q. No, I understand, that. I’m just trying to figure out, you had mentioned you were receiving like 4,000 a month from them on average, so I was trying to figure out what — what you provide them for that money?
A. Going out and educational outreach is what I call it, educating people as to what to expect when this shows up, good or bad. I mean, I have landowners that actually want to know. Some of them want to move forward with it. So I just let them know what — I have personal experience, I call it educational outreach.
Q. Okay. And does that include going and meeting with, like, the different people and the people that you met with down in Florida, things like that, is that part of it?
A. Well, yes, there are already people who are concerned about things and you come down and educate them and then they do with that information whatever they want…
Q. Okay. Okay. Earlier I had asked you about Julia Walsh and you said you had never received any payments from her, either you or Clean Life Systems, that you’ve never received any payments from Julia Walsh, correct?
A. I — if — yes, that’s — that’s what I said.
Q. And that in her organization, Frack Action, you said you’ve also never received any payments from them, correct?
A. Not that I can remember, no.
Q. Okay. Have you ever received any payments from Mark Ruffalo or Water Defense Fund, you or CLS?
A. I’m not sure if that was part of the water truck. Possibly from the water truck.
Q. What do you mean from the water truck?
A. For the water truck, for water delivery and truck. So I’m just trying to remember if I got something from Water Defense.
Q. I’m confused, I thought you said you used your own money to pay for that?
A. No, I’m talking about expenses once it kept going after it was going for a while. So that’s when I might have gotten help from that. That was part of the money that came in from out of state…
Q. Okay. Now, when we were talking about this earlier you didn’t mention that, that you were getting this money from groups. Is this something you’re just remembering now or how is this coming up?
A. I — it — like I said, it’s five years ago, six years ago, so I’m just trying to remember it here, I don’t have the documentation in front of me. But as — I’ve been honest and forthright here and I asked everything — or answer everything with you, I hope you’re taking into consideration we’re talking five or six years ago. So if you have some different information, I’ll be glad to corroborate it if — if we’ve got it, but it’s a long time ago and I’m just trying to help…
Q. Okay. Now, earlier when we were talking about the consulting payments that you were receiving you said you were receiving them from Catskill Mountainkeeper and you said you had never received any from Frack Action or Julia Walsh or Food & Water Watch, correct?
A. Yes, but I’m just — like I said, I’m trying to recall so I’d have to look at my records to see exactly where any payments came from before Catskill Mountainkeepers. I didn’t bring those, I brought my total financials but not my individual line item.
Q. Right. Are you saying now that you think you remember getting paid from Food & Water Watch?
A. I would have to look and see, but there is a possibility that there was some monetary and I’m not sure who from and then we co-mingled the truck information, which is separate from that, that wasn’t for anything I’m doing now. So I’m not positive, I’d have to — I’d have to review.
Q. Right. You had said — I think you — I believe you said specifically you weren’t getting consulting payments from them, but you were getting payments for travel from Food & Water Watch, correct?
A. I know I got travel expenses, yes.
Q. Okay. Are you changing your testimony now to say that you received consulting from them as well?
A. I have to look to see because the time frame was if there was any, it was short before Catskill Mountainkeeper. So I just have to — I’d have to look to see. I — I’m not positive.
Q. Food & Water Watch was paying you, correct? They were paying you thousands of dollars a month, correct?
A. I —
MR. POSEY: Objection. Asked and answered.
BY MS. BARRETTE:
Q. You’re under oath, Mr. Stevens.
MR. POSEY: Objection. You can answer if you know.
THE WITNESS: Yeah, I mean, there was a transition period where it went from getting expenses and then it went to Catskill Mountainkeeper, but I’m not sure there was some payments then that I’m — now that you’re bringing it up, that was between the expense money and Catskill Mountainkeepers, but it’s been Catskill Mountainkeepers basically for the last few years.
Q. And the reason it’s Catskill Mountainkeepers is because Food & Water Watch was trying to hide the fact that they were paying you and so they are now paying Catskill Mountainkeepers who then funnels the money to you, correct?
A. Well, I don’t —
MR. POSEY: Objection. You can answer ifyou know.
THE WITNESS: I don’t know that that’s happening. I know that it’s a group of — it’s a group of the groups, not specifically one that I know of, but I know I invoice Catskill Mountainkeeper and they send me the money. So where that comes from on the other end of the funnel, I’m not positive.
Q. So when you say a group of the groups, what are you talking about?
A. Well, there was a larger amount of groups, I mean, from what I understand. So it’s more than one group in the Catskill Mountainkeepers is — is basically the one that I invoice for…
Q. So you invoice, but you know that there are larger groups that are contributing to them to pay you, correct?
A. I haven’t heard exactly, but I know that’s a possibility.
Q. What do you mean you haven’t heard exactly?
A. I don’t know exactly where the funds come from, except for when I send an invoice to Catskill Mountainkeepers, that’s where the check comes from, so…
Q. Okay. Mr. Stevens, I’m handing you what’s been marked for identification purposes as Cabot Exhibit 14. Okay. This is a series of checks from Food & Water Watch to you to Clean Life Systems, November, December of ’13, January of ’14, February 14 of ’14, March of ’14, May of ’14, June of ’14, and August of ’14.
The payment January 1st of 2013 was $3,000, it was page 1 and at the bottom it references a Food 18 & Water Watch contract; do you see that?
A. Which one?
Q. Page 1, the very first page, there’s a check from Food & Water Watch to Clean — to Craig L. Stevens that you deposited in Clean Life Systems, dated November 22nd, 2013 in the amount of $3,000 and it references a Food & Water Watch contract; do you see that?
Q. Okay. Earlier —
A. Where do I read this?
Q. Food & Water Watch contract is down in the memo line.
A. Okay. Got it.
Q. Okay. Now, earlier I’d asked you if you had a contract with Food & Water Watch, you said no?
A. I — yeah, I didn’t realize that there was a contracted — that I was sending them — okay. So I was wrong earlier.
Q. So you do have a contract with Food & Water Watch?
A. I don’t — I don’t now. I think this is, what, seven or eight months, I said there was a transition, but I didn’t realize. I didn’t have a chance to pull information here…
And, so it went as Stevens admitted receiving several thousands of dollars per month from either Food & Water Watch or Catskill Mountainkeeper on their behalf, the latter even noting that fact in the memo lines of their checks to Stevens. He also admitted Food & Water Watch had initiated the whole thing. It was all a secret scam conceived and financed through Food & Water Watch with dark money raised through donor-advised funds, coming directly or indirectly from the likes of Google guy Eric Schmidt who is also closely connected with the Rockefeller family’s NRDC gang of which the Mountainkeeper is but a subsidiary.
There’s been a whole lot of deceit talking place that virtually no one in the press is investigating, let alone reporting. It is a major scandal obscured by the political correctness, laziness and cowardice of modern media, but we’ll be back tomorrow to spell out more of it.
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