Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian takes news media to task for spreading 'fake' news about the Commission's record on protecting the public and environment.
Christian wrote an editorial last week in the Dallas Morning News (DMN) to counter falsehoods spread by the news agency and others. The most recent incident involved the DMN's claims that the Commission turns a blind eye to science.
The editorial defended the RRC's record of protecting the public, saying its decisions are made based on sound science over politics. According to Christian, the Railroad Commission:
- Is a leader in seismicity research
- Is a leader in protecting our underground water
- Has created some of the most stringent rules on disposal wells
- Completed an exhaustive review of nearly 63,000 injection-well applications found RRC-permitted injection wells are not polluting any sources of underground drinking water
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Texas Railroad Commission for its work to protect underground sources of drinking water.