"During a question and answer session in the House Energy and Natural Resources committee today, the entire Republican half of the committee walked out. The committee chair, Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, called it an act of gamesmanship.
Egolf arranged two presentations on the impact of rules as well as incentives on the production of oil and gas in New Mexico. Two powerpoint presentations were given, which took about an hour, then a question and answer session ensued.
Rep. Don Bratton, R-Hobbs, identified himself at the beginning of the hearing as having thirty years in the oil and gas industry. As one of the presenters began to answer a question by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, Bratton interrupted, asking what background in petroleum engineering the two presenters had."...
..."The HERN committee is evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, in a year in which many expect there to be a strong push by the oil and gas industry to lessen environmental rules and regulations on oil and gas drilling. Legislation to that effect would most likely be assigned to HERN. Four of the six [67%] Republicans on the committee identified themselves as part of the oil and gas industry, either currently, in the past, or through a spouse." More>>>>