|Texas Oil & Gas Team Blast-off against Obama|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, May 22, 2012, 09:54 PM|
If President Barack Obama gets re-elected to the White House for a second-term, perhaps Texas oil & gas experts should consider moving to richer pastures in China, Africa and elsewhere. However, it never hurts for them to protect their native national interests by fighting Obama’s re-election campaign in the meantime.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, “take a handful of candidates, toss in a few jabs at the federal government about over-regulation and add a splash of toilet humor. Mix it together and you’ve got the Republican primary for the Texas Railroad Commission, an agency that doesn’t have anything to do with railroads but regulates the state’s vital oil and gas industries.”
The board holds three rotating members, while six candidates are vying for a six-year term in the open seat for Place 1, and Chairman Barry Smitherman, who was selected by Gov. Rick Perry, must face-off against two Republican challengers to complete his term in Place 2.
According to the Houston Chronicle, “the fight for the open seat has drawn the most attention and the most money in the May 29 primary election, with a field of candidates pledging to battle environmental regulators who they say are stifling the Texas energy sector. All promise to also protect private property rights and promote public safety.”
Lone Star state officials and oil & gas companies have been battling federal agencies over numerous topics in recent years, from the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline to the protection of dunes sagebrush lizards in West Texas, to the environmental impact of the shale gas drilling process, called fracking.
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