Guest opinion: The White House whiffs on energy reform

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  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Jan. 14, 2019 8:06 p.m.

    My Thanks to the D-News for giving us the background of the writers on these opinion pieces.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    Jan. 13, 2019 6:33 p.m.

    If regulations are duplicated between State & Federal agencies, then I don't understand why the industry doesn't petition the states to eliminate their regulations rather than look to the Federal Govt regulations and standards. It seems more efficient to have a single set of enforceable standards across the United States (plus Canada & Mexico) rather than fractured standards across state boundaries. This allows crews and engineers to work more easily across borders.

    It isn't as though the Natural Gas industry doesn't have the resources to petition a sound National/Continental regulation strategy.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Jan. 13, 2019 6:32 a.m.

    I call nonsense on this article. The essence of its folly lies in this quote "The natural gas industry has ample incentive to fix the problem on its own."

    What natural disaster has any petroleum oriented industry ever mitigated without the threat of sanction? Fire spits out of faucets in home, and nothing is done by the gas industry to stop it. Earthquakes in Oklahoma, a place with no geological tendencies for that. Pollution is seen as a 'right' by the petroleum industry.

    If industry operated in an ethical and moral fashion, regulation would be unnecessary. However, that is not so. Pollyanna is not the environmental crusaders asking for regulation, seeking the perfect. Pollyanna is those who think industry will contain its baser instincts and operate for the good of all, not just the immediate benefit of their officers, directors and shareholders.