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Texas EPA Czar Gets Sneaky about Regulations Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Feb 8, 2012, 07:14 PM
Texas EPA Czar Al Armendariz, a professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx., has come to the conclusion that supporting transparency when regulating the oil and gas industry in the Lone Star state creates problems for his jobs-killing agenda. Accordingly, he's trying to regulate natural gas drillers in a sneakier manner.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "the oil and gas industry is attacking a leaked draft of government rules that would require companies to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing on federal lands."

The Texas EPA czar helped the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management to draft a rule that would require companies to disclose the trade names and purposes of fracturing fluid additives and to list the specific chemicals involved and volumes they intend to use. The regulation contains a trade-secret exemption if companies can prove that state or federal regulations protect the information from the public.

As reported by the Houston Chronicle, "environmental advocates have raised concerns that harmful chemicals go into fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, in which mixtures of water, sand and chemicals are injected underground at high pressure to break up rocks that hold oil and gas. Environmentalists and industry representatives disagree on whether the fluids can contaminate water supplies."

Apparently, here's how the Texas EPA strategy works: companies must publish the list of chemicals and then environmentalists and green-friendly citizens can review the documents to call for a public meeting, demand a court injunction or call for an EPA investigation to stop the natural gas drilling project.

To read the entire article from the Houston Chronicle, link here:

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written by Ken Dickson , February 09, 2012

This guy is the worst thing to happen to Texas since Santa Anna! He is trying to shut down energy in Texas of all types!

The hope for Texas is to change the Administration or we will not have enough power for air conditioning nor gs to drive our cars! Obama gave us this plague on jobs. Remember, if the Feds would allow domestic energy to develop, we would add 160000 jobs & billions of revenue to the Federal, State & County governments.

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