by Max Brantley
I have to snort every time I hear U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin say that government regulation is getting in the way of the economy. In Arkansas, we know the state is woefully undermanned to police the burgeoning Fayetteville shale exploration. And today, here's a deep New York Times report on the inadequacy of the federal agency that oversees pipeline safety. The reporting includes a graphic marking the biggest spills. Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma lead in envrionmental accidents, but you'll spot some spills in Arkansas, too. As pipelines increase and inspections continue to lag, it's safe to predict more accidents to come.