JON E. DOUGHERTY, NEWSROOM AMERICA
Republican Sen. James Inhofe on Wednesday criticized an Environmental Protection Agency regional supervisor for comments he made in a 2010 video implying one of the agency’s primary goals is to intimidate and “crucify” oil and gas companies.
Inhofe, in a speech on the Senate floor, lashed out at Al Armendariz, the EPA’s Region VI administrator, who said in the little-watched video that the agency’s “general philosophy” was to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.
In the video, Armendariz said he once used an analogy with his staff explaining “my philosophy of enforcement,” which “was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.”
“Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” Armendariz said in comments reported by CNSNews.com.
“It’s a deterrent factor,” he added.
Inhofe said that shortly after Armendariz made those comments, the EPA began a campaign against natural gas companies he said was meant to intimidate them.
“Not long after Administrator Armendariz made these comments in 2010, EPA targeted U.S. natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming,” said the Oklahoma Republican, who is the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
“In all three of these cases, EPA initially made headline-grabbing statements either insinuating or proclaiming outright that the use of hydraulic fracturing by American energy producers was the cause of water contamination, but in each case their comments were premature at best – and despite their most valiant efforts, they have been unable to find any sound scientific evidence to make this link,” he said, adding that Armendariz’s comments give Americans “a glimpse of the Obama administration’s true agenda.”
Inhofe has launched an investigation into the alleged EPA strategies, the report said.
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