Speculation Does Not Amount to Fact

When analyzing pipeline opposition efforts across the board, it has become increasingly common for groups to post speculative assertions in lieu of having real facts on the situation at hand.

Across Pennsylvania and Ohio, anti-pipeline groups habitually post photos and graphics depicting a range of allegations against pipeline companies, which are shared across social media platforms and cited in news outlets. Rather than confirm the story behind the photo, these groups perpetuate extremist ideas and false legal claims against the pipeline companies.

Increasingly, these groups take photos of pipeline construction sites and caption with subjective conclusions about the scene in question. Taking an out of context photo and posting an opinion through social platforms does not make it verifiable – and these speculative social media posts do not count as legitimate sources for local and national news outlets covering respective pipeline developments.