We’re dedicated to raising concern for the environment as a priority issue for Texas and to promoting the increased political activity and influence of environmentalists in Texas and in the Texas Democratic Party.
LON BURNAM FOR TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER
A WFAA-TV news investigation of water contamination in the Barnett Shale has uncovered what appears to be numerous violations by natural gas drillers ignoring rules to seal wells with cement to protect groundwater. [WFAA-TV, February 9, 2015]
A Palo Pinto County family nearly died after their water well filled with natural gas and exploded. A Parker County man lit his water on fire for the news crew. Previously, The University of Texas at Arlington has found fracking chemicals in hundreds of water wells in the Barnett Shale.
Drillers are skirting sealant mandates, and just last month a violation claim was dismissed in just three days.
What are state regulators doing about all this? Little or nothing. The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas activities, is run entirely by Republicans who took half of their campaign contributions from oil and gas industry insiders. When questioned by investigators, Republican Commissioner Ryan Sitton replied that the RRC is “doing a good job”.
The people in charge of keeping Texans safe are look the other way as Texas are burned and water catches fire. Upton Sinclair said ‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.’
Texas desperately needs a commissioner who will make decisions based on safety and science and make the agency accountable. That’s why we support Lon Burnam for Railroad Commissioner.
COMING TO YOUR 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT
Texas is a part of the Super Tuesday Primary on Tuesday, March 1. In addition to voting for the Democratic Presidential candidate of your choosing, Lon Burnam for Texas Railroad Commissioner, and any other contested Democratic races, there are multiple ballot referenda approved by the Texas Democratic Party’s State Democratic Executive Committee.
Vote your entire ballot and vote yes on referenda item three.
REFERENDA ITEM # 3 ON CLIMATE
Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress encourage the transition to renewable, non-polluting energy as a means to slow down climate change and its impact on the planet?
REFERENDO # 3 EN EL CLIMA
¿Debe la Legislatura de Texas y el Congreso de los Estados Unidos alentar la transición a energía renovable que no contamine como una manera de retrasar el cambio climático y sus impactos al planeta?