We almost missed this story last week. No vote on the Fracking Disclosure Bill. Goodness. What's the hurry, anyway? Not to be overly pessimistic, but it's truly not what it claims to be. Even Elizabeth Ames Jones knows that.
Update: And if you are so inclined, here's the entire 32-Minute Open Conference Meeting video here.
Because, truly, Ms. Jones, we're very LUCKY. We've learned a lot over the past year and during this ordeal ~ more than anyone should ever have to know about our state's Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency. But now we know. And now we can't NOT know.
Nope, the big, strong and powerful Chesapeake attorneys simply got up that Tuesday morning, had a nice breakfast, easily drove into Austin or were already in town. Realized members of our community were somehow at the hearing. Whoops! Had to call in a transcriber. Do a quick review of the case. And then proceeded to cross-examine our tired and weary neighbors as if they were on trial for crimes against the state. Maybe Chesapeake believes it IS a treasonous crime to NOT SIGN a lease with them. Maybe.
Elizabeth Ames Jones's entire family is in the oil and gas business!! Her father is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and her husband is the Director of Venus Exploration.
It's literally all in the family.
How nice that Ms. Jones is in charge of REGULATION of the oil and gas industry for ALL of Texas.
How lucky can THEY get??!!
**Updated** ~ We guess she couldn't stand the heat? Time to go home to San Antonio where she faces a battle with her own party.