The Big Oil & Gas Mafia and the GOP spin machine are on a witch hunt and they are after Obama and the EPA (and me too). Their first target is Dr. Al Armendariz, EPA Region 6 Administrator because he had the audacity to step in to protect public safety and demand accountability. Their whole campaign focuses on a comment made by Armendariz at a community meeting in Dish, Texas where state testing showed high levels of drilling chemicals in residents' blood and urine and where the community was suffering horribly with no result from Rick Perry appointed state regulators.
I was there in Dish, Texas that night.
Several media outlets have distorted comments by an EPA official, falsely suggesting that he said "oil companies should be crucified." In fact, the official was using an analogy, which he has since apologized for, to describe a common approach to regulatory enforcement: making examples out of those who break the law.The crucifixion comment actually applies more aptly to citizens in areas of shale oil and gas extraction. Way before the shamefully few violations are ever issued, industry invades our communities with their insurgency manual and their PSYOPS operatives and crucifies any opposition to their activities hoping to bludgeon the remaining citizenry into submission. Everyone left standing gets inoculated.
Thursday Senator Inhofe, who has received millions from the oil & gas industry, stood on the Senate floor and blasted Obama, EPA, Dr. Armendariz and a "rabid anti-fracking" Texan with enough gasses to heat all the homes in Dallas next winter.
The shale oil & gas fracking victims in EPA Region 6 stand by Armendariz and the Obama EPA! We cry out to you for help for you are our only hope!
This is not their story. This is our story, The Citizens of the Shale. They were not there. They have never been there. They forgot Journalism 101: Talk to the people who where there.
Letters supporting Dr. Armendariz are urgently needed. Do not delay. Do not leave it to someone else.
Media Matters corrects the right wing spin machine reporting. They weren't there and they forgot Journalism 101.