Breaking News, April 30, 12:30 p.m.: EPA official Al Armendariz has resigned for talking publicly about his team’s “crucifixion” of oil and gas companies in “the oil-rich South and Southwest region.” Armendariz insisted his staff only attacked guilty companies. However, Armendariz’s example required the murder of five random men regardless of guilt. Further, his resignation doesn’t solve the problem — his crucifixion strategy surely needed prior approval of his superiors and cooperation of his underlings.

This video was posted by Larry Johnson on April 26.

Top EPA official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, used the horrific metaphor of crucifixion to explain the EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers. In the video, Administrator Armendariz says:

But as I said, oil and gas is an enforcement priority, it’s one of seven, so we are going to spend a fair amount of time looking at oil and gas production. And I gave, I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement.

I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said.

It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law.

Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there. And, companies that are smart see that, they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up. And, that won’t happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people. So you go out, you look at an industry, you find people violating the law, you go aggressively after them.

And we do have some pretty effective enforcement tools. Compliance can get very high, very, very quickly. That’s what these companies respond to is both their public image but also financial pressure. So you put some financial pressure on a company, you get other people in that industry to clean up very quickly. So, that’s our general philosophy.

Watch the Full Video: at the YouTube Channel Citizen Media for We The People.

Check out Larry Johnson’s post.

  • kerry c

    SO the EPA is in the business of making examples of people now?

  • Popsmoke

    Sad..very sad….  A two year old video being over hyped and played by the republicans who know all two well that Region VI enforcements are at an all time low even under this guy. I took a real look at what surrounded this sad exchange of remarks. The guy is not an activist, yes he was an expert witness for a environmental group but even they did not consider him an activist.

    This is just freaking politics at its finest pushed by the oil lobby and some of it congressional supporters. The fact is that even with this guys remarks to a public crying over environmental concerns of fracking environmental enforcement was low! Low not crucifying anyone.

    Its just more bullshit to get folk all stirred up and of course some get their undies all knotted up…. Then again some tie their own undies in knots just to inflict self pain….

    • Roger Elder

      Maybe because drilling and exploration is at an all time low. Maybe because the industry has been targeted and exploration companies have been crucified and made examples of. This is not a business climate where companies are going to risk investment when the risk from government is an unknown. There is enough risk in business to begin with without complicating it. Just watch how fast things recover when Romney swears in. Companies want to invest, they want to produce, they want to create jobs… soon they will be able to again. This is still America… despite the best laid plans of progressives. 

      • Popsmoke

         All time low? You been to North Dakota recently?

  • ObamaDubya2ElectricBoogaloo

    A haiku for Al Armendariz….

    Al Armendariz
    Welcome to under the bus
    Wright says, “Grab a seat”

  • jbjd

    Read it and weep.


  • dst

    I always wondered who could come up with the concept of blocking W. Texas and E. NM gas drilling because the Sage Brush Lizard “Might” be environmentally stressed?

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    That Barry Soetero bus sure is getting a whole lotta people under it.

  • Roger Elder

    Weaponized government regulatory agencies. The enemy is American entrepreneurism… the enemy is free enterprise… the enemy is baseball and apple pie… because when you get down to it… what separates America from the rest of the world is that we aren’t born into classes and castes… we have a middle class and we can become what we may become… or we may not become anything… because to become or not is by our own GOD given choice. Or it least it was that way under the first 43 Presidents. Maybe we need to try as a people to rediscover what it means to be Americans. Just sayin’.


    apt to report TSA misconduct. I hope it open to the public to read

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Gee, Peliosi lying.  Too bad that this doesn’t qualify as “news.” as opposed to standard operating proceedure.

    • Roger Elder

      Isn’t all fair when bashing Bush? The whole progressive movement could almost be summed up by the one phrase “the end justifies the means”.


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    this could get interesting


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  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Obama forced a Latino out of government.  What a racist act.

  • Janet

    They will just put another clone in his place. 

  • DianaLC

    Well I think this analogy might be a little crude and maybe not appropriate for this site, but I am not sorry that —  and I’m changing the time period to the times of the Samurai — Mr. Armendariz has decided to commit suppuku (falling on his sword).

  • Flop_Flipper

    I’m just disappointed he wasn’t crucified. Sniff.


    one backtrack nutjob dow