It's important to remember that ERM was chosen on behalf of State by TransCanada itself . Further, one of the ERM employees tasked to conduct the SEIS, as exposed in Mother Jones investigation, is a former TransCanada employee.
In other words, the gas industry isn't joking about its desires to export shale gas to the global market, despite paying homage to the necessity to frack for "national security" and domestic energy purposes.
Members of the Texas Public Citizen group attended the rally against the Waxman-Markey clean energy bill, and as they rightly report these were more of a company picnic than a spontaneous uprising of citizens.
Yesterday the Public Citizen Texas team drove down to Houston to crash the American Petroleum Institute's Energy Citizen event. Billed as a "grassroots" rally against the cap-and-trade bill currently before Congress, this event was nothing more than a company picnic.