Jerry Patterson fires back at me and fellow Texans

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Jerry Patterson has been a busy man lately.

Today he fired on 3000 Texans, calling them “slacktivists” because they dared to express their opinion to him by agreeing with and participating in a letter campaign. I’m not sure what that’s all about–something about only 24% of Texas high school students being college ready because our educational system is underfunded. But I think Patterson’s response–calling citizens a silly name and chastising them when they took time out of their busy day to send him a letter–is unprofessional and incorrect for someone in his position.

He also had a response to my Statesman op ed published in that same paper, in which he calls me a “radical activist.”

So, Jerry Patterson likes name calling.

Patterson is absolutely right about one thing: “The industry works cooperatively with Texas regulators”=)

Patterson totally denies any and all problems inflicted upon Texas citizens by the oil and gas industry, absolving the industry from all blame. I am the problem because my “livelihood depends on the perpetuation of conflict.”

In my op ed I mention the number of complaints.  Patterson dismisses your complaints with this: “Complaints are not conclusions.” 

And to that I say: “Absence of proof is not proof of absence.” This is especially so when the burden of proof is too high and those with the means to obtain proof are intentionally looking the other way.

His entire response consists of talking points handed to him straight from these guys.

But that’s okay because here is how I spent my day today:

  • Talking with a lady from the known den of radical, liberal treehuggers Cleburne, Texas. She is surrounded by drilling activity too close to her home. She talked about how her house shook from the fracking and how she has trouble falling asleep thinking about the quantity of explosive gas flowing in pipelines that surround her on 3 sides. She wants to organize Cleburne citizens and she mentioned something about Republican robber barrons.
  • Talking with a man from a tiny town in the Eagle Ford Shale who represents a group of over 21 landowners who are organizing to fight a drilling waste facility that is proposed near their property. Something was said about the oil & gas industry owning our politicians.
  • Communicating with a Tea Party leader in the Barnett Shale who now sends out regular emails to his extensive list warning about the harm to our environment and property from fracking. He often calls for stepped up regulation of fracking at the state and local levels.

So, keep talking Mr. Patterson and keep calling names. Texans are listening.

Dear Readers, in case you might wonder why the Texas Land Commissioner would so vehemently deny your suffering, take a peek at how much money Jerry Patterson gets from the oil & gas industry. He can’t hear you because his ears are stuffed with dirty energy money.

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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. Tim Ruggiero says

    It is unfortunate that Jerry Oil Spill Patterson has become another Industry Whore. He apparently gets his information about natural gas development from those fun loving comedians at Energy in Depth who frolic in their own spin and dance through the Industry web of lies. Jerry’s problem is that being the guy in charge of the ‘900 oil spills’ along the Texas Gulf coast isn’t good enough for him, he wants real power, and real control-like being the Lt. Governor. Jerry knows the real power in Texas state politics is with the Lieutenant Governor, and he’s already pandering for their support and funding for his little pipe(line) dream.

    Jerry mopping up Industry’s messes has likely brought him into some close circles within Industry, and we all knows what happens after that. Industry takes a liking to Jerry, and his….cooperation …in spill clean ups. Wonder if Jerry is a full member of the Petroleum Club or still just a guest?

    I’d also be willing to bet that Jerry’s ‘upcoming investment opportunity’is his brilliant idea of tapping into the ‘brackish water’, desalinating it and presto, we have fresh clean water and no more worries about drought.

    Jerry only cares about Jerry. If he didn’t need Industry support for his run for Lt Governor, he wouldn’t have wasted his time in responding to your Op Ed piece in the Statesman. He should be coming out with his anti-Obama article and the follow up EPA is killing jobs piece any minute now.

  2. Leonard Huff III says

    Hi Sharon,

    The fishing was good and it was good to get away and take a few days off from work.
    Good article and don’t let the big boys slow you down.

    I know you will get your message across soon!

    Have a Nice Day!

  3. says

    That’s a lot of dough. It looks like the same $$road$$ taken by Railroad Commission Chairman, Barry Smitherman. Industry has that template figured out.