Texas is the home to America’s petroleum industry where companies engage in shale fracturing — more commonly referred to as “fracking” — seen by many ecologists as destructive to the environment, mostly for the industry’s use of harsh chemicals.
Photos show oil-sheen as well as plumes flowing from tipped tanks and fracking sites that were inundated with rainwater during March’s flooding of the Sabine River.
Critics are additionally concerned that the state’s commission will continue to fail to hold oil and gas companies responsible for such incidents given that commissioners receive more than half of their campaign contributions from that industry.
Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, dismissed the concerns
“Oil and natural gas companies utilize the latest technologies to establish and maintain safe operations in any weather condition,” Staples told the El Paso Times. “ Operators who do not comply with regulations or remediation directives should face enforcement and can lose their permit to operate in Texas.”