White House defends EPA in wake of attack by Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe

White House spokesman says the Obama administration has not sought to crucify oil and gas exploration companies, while Inhofe rejects apology from EPA administrator in charge of Oklahoma and Texas.
by Chris Casteel Published: April 27, 2012

Asked at a news briefing whether Armendariz should be fired, Carney said, “Well, I think he's apologized and he's — what he said is clearly not representative of either this president's belief in the way that we should approach these matters or in the way that he has approached these matters, either from this office here in the White House or at the EPA.”

Inhofe sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday seeking detailed answers about the agency's actions in cases in Texas, Pennsylvania and Wyoming in which the agency initially announced investigations of water contamination related to natural gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing but later modified its findings or actions.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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