Smitherman Calls Al Armendariz Resignation "Good First Step"
Smitherman Continues to Press for Full Investigation of Former EPA Chief’s Actions
MIDLAND –– Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman welcomed the resignation of EPA Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz as a good first step towards reforming the EPA. Smitherman led the charge toinvestigate Mr. Armendariz for improper statements and actions while Armendariz was EPA Region VI Administrator.
“Mr. Armendariz' resignation is only the first step toward reforming the EPA's misguided policies. I will not allow the Obama administration to use this resignation to shift the focus away from the EPA's abuses. We must have a full investigation of Mr. Armendariz' actions during his tenure as administrator to determine how many times he crossed the line and harmed our economy and our energy future by pursuing his extreme political agenda instead of science and fact.”
“As we know from the Range Resources case, the EPA under Mr. Armendariz often misused their power by acting before they knew the facts. This cost real jobs and real money – not only in legal fees, but by slowing down production and thereby increasing gas prices. It’s not just Texas – we need a full investigation of all actions Armendariz took in all the Region VI states,” Smitherman concluded.