When Texas Railroad Commissioner Executive Director John Tintera announced his retirement in April, I meant to blog about it and take bets on how long it would be until he went to work for industry. I guess amidst all the back-channel chatter and snickering, I forgot to blog about it. Dang!
I missed the opportunity to say I told you so because, while Tintera didn’t exactly go to work as an employee of industry, he certainly went to work for industry. Or maybe I should say he continues to work for industry because the Texas Railroad Commission operates as an extension of industry.
Former Texas Railroad Commission Executive Director John Tintera and long-time oil and gas lobbyist Ben Sebree have formed an energy consulting company that will assist other countries in tapping hard-to-get oil and gas from shale formations.
Sebree will be a “lobbyist on legislative and regulatory issues” while Tintera waits two years before he can become a lobbyist other than for nonprofits “but he is not prohibited from offering professional advice.”
Today StateImpact reports on the revolving door in Texas. You can listen to the entire segment at the link below.
Revolving Door: Oil & Gas Companies Hire Former Texas Regulators
JUNE 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM
BY DAVE FEHLING
“You see this a lot, where there is a revolving door…The person is supposed to regulate these industries (but) it’s obvious they’re doing everything possible to please the polluters and then the very next day go to work for them,” said Eliot Shapleigh, a former Democratic state senator from El Paso who has been a fierce critic of the TCEQ.
I have stumbled upon some communications between a TCEQ employee and an operator that exemplifies the TCEQ “doing everything possible to please the polluter.” I’ve approached a reporter with that correspondence but if he doesn’t bite soon, I will blog about it.