There’s no denying that Texas is the state that dirty energy built. It remains the single largest source of domestically produced oil in the United States, and currently has more fracking wells than any other state. With an abundant supply of dirty energy money, the state government of Texas is completely owned by the dirty energy industry.
This trifecta of industry domination is playing itself out in southern Texas, in what has become a no man's land for federal regulators.
According to a new report by Earthworks, energy companies drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale basin are wreaking havoc on both the environment and the people, and federal regulators have essentially abandoned the area. This exodus of oversight has led to an increase in environmental abuses by the dirty energy industry.
But it wasn’t always this way in Texas. According to Earthworks, regulators have been present in the area, and even carried out some needed investigations into the damage caused by drillers.
But what the regulators found was so horrible that they had to evacuate themselves, and that was the last that residents in the area heard from them.