Texas Official: Vladimir Putin Funding Anti-Fracking Groups, Hiring Lobbyists
Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT) -- AUSTIN, Texas — A member of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) on Sept. 8, 2014, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, seeking answers regarding what the U.S. State Department is doing in response to what the commissioner calls “disturbing information” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is funding anti-hydraulic fracturing groups and hiring lobbyists “to damage the U.S. natural gas industry.”
(Letter available. Document #94-141014-002X.)
RRC Commissioner David Porter argues that Putin — through his state-run company, Gazprom — has secured...