TDEC Official Labels Citizen Fracking Comments ‘Stupid’ in Emails

Michael Burton, a supervisor in the state Department of Environment and Conservation, tells WTVF-TV that he regrets responding to citizen emails on the department’s new “fracking” rules with remarks described as rude, dismissive and condesending.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Burton, “Did you write stupid on some of these comments?”
“I did,” he admitted.
Why did he do that?
“It was a time of frustration and I vented my frustrations on paper,” he answered.
Burton said that his notes were never meant to be public and he apologizes.
“Do you think people opposed to fracking are stupid?” NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked.
“No, not at all,” Burton responded.
One of the comments he underlined and called stupid claims hydraulic fracturing has left “homes and farms abandoned, livestock gone” in other states.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “What’s wrong with that comment?”
“There’s no recorded incident of that happening anywhere in the United States because of fracking,” Burton responded.
But, in Louisiana, 17 cows died after coming in direct contact with hydraulic fracturing fluid

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