WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement responding to statements made by EPA Region Six Administrator Al Armendariz:

ìThe comments made by Administrator Armendariz back in 2010 confirm what weíve known all along: the EPAís crusade to destroy the oil and gas industry is a politically premeditated effort, not one meant to protect the environment. Administrator Armendarizís words reflect his disdain for the oil and gas industry and make clear that his decisions are made without an ounce of impartiality. He should be fired.î

ìThe EPA is an agency charged with protecting the environment, instead it has focused its efforts on targeting, intimidating, and vilifying the energy industry in any way it can. The aggressive assault the EPA has unleashed on the oil and gas industry has not only increased the cost of energy, it has destroyed jobs.î

ìThe oil and gas industry accounts for 9.2 million jobs in the United States. ëMaking examplesí of this field has put American jobs in jeopardy. Ironically, Mr. Armendarizís oversees the EPAís efforts in Texas, which has been hit especially hard. Oil and gas and related industries make up nearly a quarter of the Texas economy. An assault on oil and gas is an assault on Texas. ì