The Bullies of the Colorado OIl and Gas *Conservation* Committee- Can It Happen Here? Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

The Bullies of the Colorado OIl and Gas *Conservation* Committee- Can It Happen Here?
 


26 March 2007 at 11:53:41 AM
salon

As you're reading this, compare what's happening in Colorado, which is also being drilled to death, with how the Texas Railroad Commission operates... If Colorado can see the commission's influence wane, then so can Texas with the RRC. What Colorado did was change the makeup of the commission so that it also includes.... conservationists! A rancher who receives royalties! A soil conversationist! A local government official! An expert in environmental protection! NOT JUST OIL AND GAS.

The Highlands Ranch Republican actually was suggesting that oil and gas has been self-regulated for so long, if it even has to consider the impact that exploration and drilling have on public health, the environment, property owners' rights or local governments, it can't survive.

Yeah, self-regulation. As the FW Star-Telegram said a couple of months ago, the O&G industry here in Texas isn't going to, for example, recycle water unless they're FORCED to, by legislation.

"They're using the freezing- in-the-dark arguments," said Curry, a Democrat from Gunnison. "It's all scare tactics."

Cox, who lives amid the racket, the traffic, the pollution, the destruction of roads, the despoiling of the rural towns and the unbridled arrogance of the oil and gas industry in western Colorado, is less temperate in his criticism.

"All they ever want to talk about is money," he said. "As long as they keep the subject on money, they're in charge."

The article goes on to tell about how much money O&G contributed to Bill Owens, and the fact that he was a lobbyist for an O&G association WHILE HE WAS IN THE LEGE AND VOTED ON RELATED BILLS!

Interesting comment also about Steven Griles, who's in the soup for lying to Congress. You know where THAT crook, who is associated with the Republican scandal with Jack Abramoff, worked, right? In the Department of the Interior.

J. Steven Griles, former deputy secretary of Interior under Gale Norton, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to a Senate committee about his relationship with influence-peddling Jack Abramoff.

Cox said it was industry goons like Griles infiltrating government agencies that allowed the industry to destroy a way of life in western Colorado.

"These guys got it in their heads somehow that there is a complete mandate to drill and everyone else has to get out of the way," he said.

It's time, in Texas, for US to insist that the makeup of the Texas Railroad Commission change and include a variety of people who represent MORE than just Oil and Gas.


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