Wow, we see in the NYTimes, with respect to the DOE’s efforts to examine health effects of hydrofracking:

“It would be good to see the subcommittee make recognition of the strong state regulatory system,” said Erik Milito, upstream director at the American Petroleum Institute.

Come off it. The question for Milito, et al. is why they eliminated federal oversight of state hydrofracking regulation, which still existed. But the answer is simple: it’s easier to put things over on state regulators when they can’t defer to a higher authority. Not to mention how the current fiscal situation is decimating state regulatory bodies.