Environmental activists, in spite of the lobbying of the energy industry and some sleight of hand by city staff, appear to be winning the fracking debate. The City Plan Commission has twice denied Trinity East Energy permits to drill on city parkland it leased for $19 million. Last week, it effectively did so a third time by refusing to ease setback limits.
The energy industry has developed a novel theory to explain away its mounting defeats: The concerned citizens and environmental activists who have shown up at the meetings are liars.
That's been the industry's suggestion all along, but rarely has it been stated quite as explicitly as it was by Energy In Depth, a trade group, in a blog post last week.More »