USEPA revives crucifixion but revelation gets Al 'Candor' Armendariz in trouble (CARTOON ADDED)
By Peter Samuel
USEPA's Region 6 (TX, OK, LA,AK,NM) administrator - CORRECTION Region VI, the Roman numerals are appropriate here - Al Armendariz is guilty of excessive candor and transparency.
Al Candor we'll call him.
The agency's "philosophy of enforcement" the EPA official said is "kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they'd go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they'd run into, and they'd crucify them."
"That town was really easy to manage for the next few years," Candor said.
This on a YouTube of a talk that has since been suppressed by crucifixion supporters of the agency.
The USEPA Region VI had hit a company - Range Resources - with an "Emergency" stop order to cease natural gas drilling on the grounds that its fracturing ('fracking') methods were contaminating ground water in a town named Dish in Parker County TX on the northwest fringe of the Dallas area.
Texas regulators had themselves monitored Range Resources drilling and said the traces of methane found in the Dish groundwater were naturally occurring and were well below dangerous concentrations anyway.
After USEPA's Region IV issued the "Emergency" crucifixion order Texas regulators - a Railroad Commission, oddly named - said they weren't even consulted.
Stop order withdrawn - "take 'em down off the crosses"
After 15 months of badmouthing Range Resources and delaying their gas production, USEPA Region VI admitted there was no problem in the Dish water and withdrew their gas stoppage order.
Range Resources was allowed to be taken down from the USEPA Region VI crucifix.
Still alive after 15 months up there.
Tough guys these Texans.
Not as easy to "manage" as Turkish villagers.