Watching Government: Texans see federal overreach

If there was any doubt before, there isn't now: Many in Texas believe the state is fighting an outside invader again. This time, however, the enemy is not armies from Mexico, but aggressive bureaucrats from the US Environmental Protection Agency. "In recent years, EPA has taken increasingly greater liberties regarding its jurisdiction in an attempt to gain control of regulation of the oil and gas industry," Texas Railroad Commissioner David J. Porter said on Feb. 5. "The power to regulate this industry, and many others, has always been an expressed right of individual states." States are more acutely aware of the wide range of factors when formulating effective regulat...

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