EPA Is Sorry for the Analogy But Not the Context of Crucifying the Oil & Gas Industries – UPDATE

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Ask yourself why Obama appoints environmental justice zealots to positions of power as you read the following update –

Update: April 26: Mr. Almandariz,a Sierra Club and environmental justice fanatic, is not all talk. He actually did crucify Range Resources of Fort Worth, one of the first to discover the potential of the Marcellus Shale gas field in Pennsylvania. It ended this past March.

Almadariz declared an emergency order declaring that there was natural gas in the wells, which was not accurate as it was later discovered –

EPA has asked the company to conduct a full scale investigation. EPA is requiring Range Resources under this order to:

  • Immediately deliver potable water to the two residences;
  • Immediately sample soil gas around the residences;
  • Immediately sample all nearby drinking water wells to determine the extent of aquifer contamination; and
  • Provide methane gas monitors to alert homeowners of dangerous conditions in their houses.
  • Develop a plan to remediate areas of the aquifer that have been contaminated.
  • And, to investigate the structural integrity of its nearby natural gas well to determine if it is the source of contamination.

The emergency was based on one complainant and a test that concluded –

The EPA scientists have conducted isotopic fingerprint analysis and concluded the source of the drinking water well contamination to closely match that from Range Resources’ natural gas production well.

A close match is not evidence. Range declared their innocence. The EPA launched an assault with no evidence for a year-and-a-half with still no proof that Range’s wells cause any pollution. Click here for their unreasonable demands. They gave them 24 hours to replace potable water supplies for two wells and install explosivity meters, et cetera.<

Their EPA study wasn’t a study, just a statement of their views and imagined concerns.

An oil and gas regulator, Texas Railroad Commission, studied Range’s wells and found no pollution. A federal judge ordered the agency to actually do some scientific investigation of wells before penalizing companies. The EPA thugs withdrew the emergency order and a federal court dismissed the case.

David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission made the following statement –

AUSTIN – Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter today applauded the United States Environmental Protection Agency for its decision to withdraw the Imminent and Substantial Endangerment Order, issued on December 7, 2010, to Range Resources Corporation.

“Today the EPA finally made a decision based on science and fact versus playing politics with the Texas economy,” said Commissioner Porter. “The EPA’s withdrawal of the emergency order against Range Resources upholds the Railroad Commission Final Order that I signed concluding that Range is not responsible for any water contamination in Parker County.”

“Al Armanderiz and the EPA’s Region Six office are guilty of fear mongering, gross negligence and severe mishandling of this case. I hope to see drastic changes made in the way the regional office conducts business in the future – starting with the termination of Al Armanderiz.”

“Today’s decision reflects my long standing position that the EPA and the Obama administration should stay out of regulatory matters in Texas and let us remain in charge of protecting our own natural resources.”

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David J. Porter was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission on November 2, 2010. A Certified Public Accountant and successful small business owner, Commissioner Porter has worked with oil and gas producers for nearly three decades providing strategic financial advice and tax counsel. He has a long record of pro-business, free market, conservative credentials.

 Read more: Forbes

They are after the poultry industry as well and this is not solely Al Almandariz, it’s the entire EPA –

There is the case of Foster Poultry Farms cease and desist order in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, for unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of Leatherman Creek. They gave them 30 days to submit a summary of the clean up with photos and documentation. Foster complied that day but the case continues.

“A chicken hatchery should be raising chickens not pollution levels in nearby rivers,” said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. “We expect poultry farms to comply with laws that protect water quality.”

It appears that region 6 is after more than the oil and gas industry and now wants to hit poultry producers – another industry will be financially burdened and prices will go up. The EPA requested the location of all poultry producers in the area, causing heightened concern among all farmers.

A meeting was called and the narrative comes from Ramparts 360 –

The Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Mike Strain, called a meeting for area poultry producers in Louisiana on Saturday, April 7, 2012, to discuss new EPA regulations concerning poultry operations.  The EPA (Dallas office) has made several surprise inspections recently to poultry farms in North Louisiana.  At the meeting, was a man (first name Willie) from the Dallas, Texas, EPA regional office.  He presented a slide show of “violations” of poultry farms in Louisiana concerning the Clean Water Act.

Other than proper dead bird disposal and the proper handling of poultry litter, was a new concern involving the dust that collects outside of chicken houses on the ground from the exhaust fans.  The slide show showed the dust from the fans on the grass and on the ground.  He stated that this was a violation of the Clean Water Act because of runoff into streams and creeks after a rain.  He didn’t explain any type of prevention, but said it needed to be cleaned up to prevent water contamination.

The EPA man explained that a surprise inspection can happen at any time, and that they had already served several growers cease and desist orders in North Louisiana.  He also said that if the cease and desist orders were not adhered to, fines can range up to $37,500 PER DAY.  He later stated, “But we are not here to put anybody out of business.”

Even though no solution was offered for their new problem, there is an air filtering system available called “scrubbers” that can be installed on the fans.  The cost of these “scrubbers” is approximately $30,000 per house.  Also, it was brought to my attention that the EPA inspectors have gone from farm to farm without practicing biosecurity measures.  They are not adhering to their own rules.

The National Chicken Council is very concerned about this new CAFO reporting rule. The EPA wants detailed information and farm demographics for eery family farm engaged in the production of commercial poultry and egg products in the United States. The EPA is claiming that authority under the Clean Water Act. They plan to use this information to go on a witch hunt for violations.

“Making this kind of information readily available to the public puts the safety of the food chain at an even higher risk for acts of bioterrorism, not to mention the concern for the safety and privacy of the thousands of family farmers who often live at the same location,” said John Starkey, president in the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Keep Reading…

Click to check our region 6, Almandariz’ area.

Original Story: April 25: An EPA official used a crucifixion as an analogy to explain EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers who in the EPA’s belief have violated their over-reaching mandates. No one should be angry with him for it. He is only describing what the EPA is doing.

In this video Administrator Armendariz says, …And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them…

If you are wondering what Obama’s goals are for oil and natural gas, wonder no more. He pretends he supports natural gas while he makes it impossible for them to proceed. He recently passed an Executive Order [War on oil and natural gas] that will put many large government agencies in charge of their businesses and, fracking, which has driven gas costs down, will be at the heart of their every attack. That should tell you something about whether or not they want cheap gas and why they don’t.

Fox News: …[Senator]Inhofe, though, said he’s launching an investigation. On Fox News on Thursday, the senator said the remarks are “all a part of Obama’s war on domestic energy,” particularly on a process known as hydraulic fracturing — which is used to extract oil and natural gas from rock.

Inhofe noted that the EPA, following Armendariz’ comments, went after natural gas firms in three states and tried to link hydraulic fracturing to water contamination.

“You read his whole statement, and it’s pretty revealing,” Inhofe said. “And I think when he comes out and apologizes for using the word crucify he’s still getting his message across there — intimidation, threats.”

The EPA is defending its enforcement strategy.

Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance, said in a statement that “strong, fair and effective enforcement” is “critical to protecting public health” and making sure everyone is playing by the same rules.

No one needs to hear or read the entire statement. The EPA’s brutal, unfair, and over-reaching approach has never been clearer. Armendariz only stated the obvious.

The EPA’s (Obama administration) rules for coal will not allow another coal plant to be built and they are soon coming out with plans to stifle or destroy existing coal plants. [War on coal and all fossil fuels] The administration’s endless attacks on fracking show where they are on natural gas. Quotes about prices of oil skyrocketing by necessity are the clincher.

Biofuels, solar and wind cannot fill the gap left by the elimination of fossil fuels and we will be a banana republic.

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