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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

This One Doesn't Smell Right

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 4:20 PM

A bill was narrowly defeated in the House yesterday that would require a majority of the members of the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission to be "experienced in the development, production, and transportation of oil and gas."  HB 1026 was introduced by Rep. Garry Smith and will likely come up for another vote later in the session.  Currently, the law requires four members of the nine-member commission to have industry experience.  What's curious is that "experience" is never defined.  Also notice that the phrase uses the word "and," as in "development, production, and transportation."  So one would have to have experience in all three. 

It looks like this is an effort to stack the commission with industry people, thus making it easier to get by with the things industry people want to get by with.  I tried to call Smith but could not get in touch with him.  Also notice that Rep. Lowery's name is listed alongside Rep. Smith's.  Lowery is in the oil business himself.  He is the owner of Lowery Oil Company and was a vocal opponent of HB1178, the eminent domain bill discussed here last week. 
 

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