What the Frack, Lou?

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By Dan Chmielewski

State Senator Lou Correra in the VIP suite with his LiberalOC sticker (c)2009, TheLiberalOC.com

State Senator Lou Correra in the VIP suite with his LiberalOC sticker (c)2009, TheLiberalOC.com

State Senator Lou Correa is one of the smartest political figures I’ve met. It’s a real pleasure listening to him explain a complex policy issue and why he does or doesn’t support something. But Senator Correa cast a “yes” vote on Senate Bill #4 that makes “Fracking” in California that much easier. And his vote comes after an expensive dinner in Sacramento paid for by lobbyists for the oil and gas industry, according to the Sacramento Bee.

From the story:

As negotiations heated up at the end of the legislative session over a bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in California, oil companies poured millions into lobbying the Legislature, quarterly reports released last week show.

The three interest groups that spent the most money lobbying in California between July 1 and Sept. 30 were oil and gas companies: Chevron ($1,696,477), the Western States Petroleum Association ($1,269,478) and Aera Energy LLC ($1,015,534), according to filings with the secretary of state.

Nearly $13,000 of the Western States Petroleum Association’s spending went toward hosting a dinner for 12 lawmakers and two staff members at one of Sacramento’s poshest venues: …read more

Read more here: Liberal OC

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