EPA Chief Who Oversaw Controversial Fracking Study Resigns

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There are on-going investigations into the use of fake emails by EPA officials, up to and including former EPA head Lisa Jackson, and it appears as though that investigation may have resulted in the resignation of EPA Region Eight Director James Martin.

Martin oversaw the controversial fracking investigation in Pavilion, Wyoming, has been cited by environmental groups as evidence linking fracking to water contamination.

CHEYENNE, WYO. — A regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who oversaw investigations that involved hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming and asbestos contamination in Montana is resigning.

EPA Region Eight Director James Martin will step down Friday. Martin had announced his resignation to EPA employees last Friday.

Martin says in his resignation letter it’s time for him to turn his attention to his family. Martin is resigning after more than two years in charge of EPA Region Eight, which covers Colorado, North and South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

His resignation occurs while Republicans, including Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, investigate whether Martin and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used private email accounts to conduct official business.

This is a potentially big development. There were major flaws in the EPA’s findings in the Pavilion case, and when you have the head of the EPA using an email address under a fake name – “Richard Windsor” was Jackson’s cover – things start smelling more than a little fishy.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    They always claim they are leaving to “pursue other interests.” In reality, it’s a preemptive attempt to avoid indictment.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    the entire EPA is full of environazi wackos

  • greenglass4

    News Director of KNOX Radio 1310 in Grand Forks, ND should resign !

    • ObservingTheProcess

      He can also take Mike McFoollery and Joel Chumpcamp with him

  • banjo kid

    At this point we do not know what fracking or any other item does to the water table but it would pay us all to find out and to make a false report only delays findings that are true. The lying puts us at risk .

  • JoeMN

    Meanwhile, a few dozen enviro-luddites are well on their way to banning frack sand mining in Minnesota

    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/21381231/silica-sand-mining-moratorium-gets-first-vote-in-mn-senate

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