No matter that the public health, safety and welfare are directed into the waste bin. Think about the fertilizer plant that went up in Texas this week. They had not had an inspection since 1985 and more than a dozen people died because of it. And a whole town was blown to smithereens. But, the industry says to Martinez, "Trust Us", and then they write more checks for her favorite Super Pacs.
500 out of compliance oil well installations may be in existence right now down in the Permian Basin. Well, maybe or maybe not. We just don't know do we? But one thing is for sure. Every time an oil field worker goes near one they are risking their lives.
The big question now is whether the Journal editor, an oil and gas and Governor supporter, will switch his hat to journalism and followup on this story. He could direct the able Coleen Heild to cross reference the oil companies getting off with compliance to the list of the Governor's and GOP's contributors. If this had been Bill Richardson then that would be automatic.