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Al Armendariz

Oil and Gas Industry Moving Aggressively to Silence Critics

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 07.14.2012 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

When environmental organizations try to publicize problems, the drilling industry flexes its muscles, making it nearly impossible to get their message out.

Petro Plutocracy

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Last week the world got a preview of America's new, post-Citizens-United petro plutocracy, with the oil lords flexing their political muscles like oil-soaked bodybuilders pumped up on a steroid drip of campaign dollars. It was all about fracking.

EPA Official Resigns Over Language Misstep

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 06.30.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South Central region has resigned after Republicans targeted ...

EPA Official Apologizes For Controversial Statement

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green

HOUSTON — A top administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has apologized for using the word "crucify" two years ago when descri...

EPA Scraps Texas Clean Air Program, Will Make Oil Refineries To File For New Permits

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday officially overturned a 16-year-old Texas air permitting program it says violate...

A New Sheriff in Texas

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

A third-generation Mexican-American who is only 40, Al Armendariz is the new administrator of EPA's Region 6, comprising Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and 66 Tribal Nations.