Statement by Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on EPA Administrator’s Resignation

04/30/2012

AUSTIN - Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter today applauded the resignation of Dr. Al Armendariz, Administrator for the EPA’s Region VI office in Dallas, Texas.

“In March, when the EPA vacated the emergency order against Range Resources, I called for the resignation of Dr. Armendariz,” said Commissioner Porter. “The EPA’s faulty science in persecuting Range Resources, compounded by his inflammatory and prejudicial comments about crucifying oil companies, is a very clear indication that Dr. Armendariz is not the right person for such an important position.”

“My sincere hope is that the Obama Administration will appoint as a replacement a professional who is able to work with the Railroad Commission to preserve our state’s natural resources and environmental treasures while responsibly promoting development for the continued economic vitality of all Texans.”

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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.