Texas Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis has fought for local oversight for industry. Texas State Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has sued the EPA 17 times.
In a surprising move for a party that is struggling to restore its appeal to moderate voters, the RNC endorsed a fringe, right-wing campaign by some local officials to seize federal lands, turn them over to Western states, and further expand mining and drilling.
Shell's ambitions to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska received another blow Wednesday, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Interior Department had failed to adequately assess the scale of oil production that could result from the 2008 sale of leases in the Chukchi Sea.
A report released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Department of the Interior has "discontinued" an effort to increase the royalty rate that companies must pay to the government for extracting oil and gas from onshore public lands.