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Fracking Industry Conflicts Of Interest With Regulators? Watchdogs Concerned

Huffington Post -- After facing heat from fellow residents of Red Wing, Minn., over his ties with an industry group intent on increasing frac sand mining in the state, the town's mayor, Dennis Egan, announced this week that he would step down.

"Resigning was the appropriate thing for him to do," said Peggy Rehder, a member of the Red Wing city council, who has argued for the need to thoroughly investigate potential environmental and health hazards before Minnesota allows more frac sand mines. Egan's Minnesota Industrial Sand Council has reportedly opposed a comprehensive study.

"The positions of the sand council are not the same as those of the city," Rehder added. Egan, who announced his resignation on Monday, could not be reached for comment.

As the natural gas rush intensifies across the U.S., so too h


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 4:58:06 AM

and we know that usually industry specialists will try to become regulators. After all, who knows the tricks of the trade better than an insider?
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 4:52:58 AM

good for Rehder. Thanks for posting skb.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 10:29:58 PM


Good article, thanks for poating!
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 1:38:56 PM


Good riddance of Dennis Egan. There's enough corruption in politics without him adding into it.
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 10:55:29 AM

regulators, bunch of bs...
teamsimons
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 10:03:09 AM

If we were to peel back all of the money connections of all elected officials, we would probably be shocked regarding the conflicts of interest we'd find. What impact, though, does this have on gas prices?
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 9:59:39 AM

Conflicts of interest seems to be the American way to do business. In some cases, it's who you know when it comes to starting up a successful business.
mustangdaver
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 9:40:10 AM

no fracking
GasSpy007
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:38:21 AM

cogs huh?? Scary stuff..
condé
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:16:42 AM

Regulator another word for higher prices and more regulation to justify those higher prices.
cucamongacurtis
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:14:04 AM

Uh-oh.
georged12
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:10:03 AM

Not another corrupt politician. I'm shocked!
flyfast
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:06:40 AM

still need the oil
installer
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:04:30 AM

Pols will be Pols. All things are fair in love and war, but what about oil/politics?
Gascapade
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:00:41 AM

Big Oil corrupting politicians into insipid pocket puppets with the promise of high paying lobbyist positions...hmm, sounds like the U.S. congress...
Grinch09
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8:00:08 AM

hang um high
cableman31
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:58:21 AM

There has to be BIG BIG MONEY passing under the table to our scumb** politicians on both sides of the isle.
RamboOn66
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:58:20 AM

Fracking is bad for your health.
bell013
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:58:18 AM

I am so totally against Fracking.
infinititom
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:57:53 AM

Seriously... who is surprised by this. Both sides of every issue get in bed early and often with the regulators.
arb0526
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:56:36 AM

Someone gets blood on their hands and everyone scrambles to save their own a**
99church
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:55:42 AM

corruption everywhere
TC5504
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:53:32 AM

Crooks.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:53:01 AM

ok
rtw777
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:52:49 AM

Can't trust anything from the Huff post.
jalan25
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:51:25 AM

Ok
Catfish93001
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:51:11 AM

I'm sure Egan will find some nice, well-paid job in the fracking industry.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:50:35 AM

they're no good, all of them
car253
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:50:29 AM

We need to look at the source of this article.
thuathienhue
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:50:19 AM

Hum.
FocusGuy
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:50:08 AM

huffington?
prius22
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:50:07 AM

Tell'em to pound sand elsewhere.
BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:50:06 AM

This should open the eyes of the oil and refinery companies. That what they are doing is just for profit and greed, and they are shutting doors down. Maybe, which I doubt, will bring fuel prices down at the pump, to what they should be under two dollars a gallon, but severely doubt it.

For any nay sayers, under President Clinton, gas was at many times under a dollar a gallon or at highest a dollar and quarter. We are pumping and consuming as residents about the same amount as then due to the mpg on vehicles now days. So tell me, what is the bottom line...profit and greed.
jony
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:50:05 AM

conflict of interest, oh my say it isn't so
BumpinButch
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:49:42 AM

We need to KNOW the Exact Truth of Fracking. It's out there, just Hidden from us by the Industry and the Politicians!!!!
olebufnav
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:49:27 AM

They discovered most politicians are for sale.
Gascapade
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:49:26 AM

You mean Big Oil in cahoots with govt. regulators? Why who could have even thunk such a thing, lol......
RochBear
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:49:09 AM

Man, Huffington post really twisted this around. The Mayor was doing a good job, but when there appeared a conflict of interest, he did step down.

Before that, he would always remove himself when a vote was about Silica sand.
gilfarm
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:48:22 AM

Not very news worthy!
Goatroper
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:47:56 AM

ooops, from Huffington Post, it MUST be true. NOT
METEOR49
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:47:38 AM

i would like an unbiased, honest study of the fracking industry instead of the usual stuff we hear from both camps .
jcallaw
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:47:26 AM

hmmmmmmmm....
Blue_Cruzer
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:47:02 AM

I smell a skunk.
BuddhaB
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:46:41 AM

Another fine politician down the drain. So sad...
pikersez
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:46:11 AM

same old same old.
INBwana
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:46:03 AM


I have to agree with "curlypooh"
Rich_pa
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:45:54 AM

Looks like conflict of interests.
Paul1955
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:45:44 AM

This makes me laugh!!!
beekeeper1
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:44:51 AM

Is there any wonder why so many of us don't trusst our politicians?
rockymountman
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:43:08 AM

conflicts of interest with govt officials??? no way. what a shocker!!!!!
Trowinsamoan
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:42:21 AM

Too much fracking around ,have to make them more busy
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