Call it the environmental caucus | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Call it the environmental caucus

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

The Gas Lobby Legislative Caucus (they call themselves the Shale Caucus) has taken credit for shouting down efforts to make gas drillers pay for the damage they do to county roads with their rigs. Instead, the majority of people and state that receive no benefits from the shale will pay the bill.

So I was glad to get this notice today about a Capitol event tomorrow. I'll call the organizers the Environmental Caucus, though you get a lot farther at the legislature advocating the interests of corporations than those of clean air and water.

The Arkansas Public Policy Panel will release a report highlighting findings that many states have stronger protections for landowners, air quality, water quality and public health from the negative impacts of natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing of shale formations, as used in the Arkansas Fayetteville Shale play. The report recommends adoption of new standards for natural gas development in Arkansas, pulling from stronger protections utilized in other states and localities.

Arkansas legislators Rep. Kathy Webb, Rep. Greg Leding, Rep. Homer Lenderman, Rep. Bobby Joe Pierce and Sen. Mary Anne Salmon will join Bill Kopsky, Executive Director of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, and an Arkansas landowner who has experience with natural gas development for a brief media conference

Tags: , ,


Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation