17 Nov '11, 10pm

96% of Oil Violations Unpunished:

96% of Oil Violations Unpunished:

A study of 80,000 violations for gas and oil drillers shows that no penalties or fines were levied on 96 percent of them in the state of Texas. If you are wondering why this matters because it is only one state, please keep in mind that Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to be President of the United States, and former Texas governor George Bush was president for two consecutive terms. George Bush was involved in the oil industry to an extent before he became President, and we have more than enough evidence of the role politicians have played in lax enforcement and allowing the petroleum industry to heavily influence the regulatory climate. Other states also have very low enforcement rates, such as West Virginia which has over 50,000 oil wells, yet issued only 19 penalties last year. (This state also has large coal mining operations that typically don’t receive many penalties...

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