Statement by Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on EPA’s Withdrawal of Order Against Range Resources
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.”
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.