For Immediate Release – July 29, 2013
Contact: Craig Richardson, Executive Director, American Tradition Institute
Citing Career Sources, Internal Screen Shots, ATI FOIA Requests Probe Re-Elect Factors Behind Fracking Reversal, Political Interference Driving EPA Agenda
Washington, D.C. — The American Traditional Institute (ATI), joined by the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic (FMELC), filed two requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) after being provided with credible information, by two separate career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indicating electoral considerations and political intervention drove the Obama Administration’s decision to reverse its campaign against the current boom in hydraulic fracturing. As ATI wrote to EPA, this information suggests not only that the reprieve is thus only likely to last until other political needs arise, but also that it is politics that are driving other aspects of the administration’s campaign to suppress production of America’s most abundant domestic energy sources.
This information includes extended discussion, and direction where to look, by one source close to a field team (working near Dimock, Pennsylvania) which the person claims was interfered with, co-incident with the 2012 election campaign heating up and the Obama campaign’s need to sustain this rare current economic success. Another source has provided screen shots from the false-identity email account of ‘Richard Windsor’, created for former administrator Lisa Jackson, showing that indeed a group ‘HQ-Dimock’ was established, a rare substantive topic among otherwise administrative discussion groups. It is heavy with lawyers and members of Lisa Jackson’s inner political circle.
“These two EPA employees appear credible; one we have established is quite reliable and the other was referred to us by a highly-regarded and well-known academic scientist” said Chris Horner, ATI Senior Fellow, FMELC attorney and author of The Liberal War On Transparency, who filed the request on behalf of the organizations. “One of the EPA employee’s information, while not presenting evidence of any problem with fracking, is however quite striking evidence of political interference with career employees. The other’s information proves that the issue drew uniquely high-level political attention.”