The energy industry is the state's most generous to political candidates. No wonder lawmakers are flocking around bills to block local government restrictions on fracking operations. One pro-fracking bill counts more than a third of the House as its sponsors!
Sen. Troy Fraser leads his chamber in his dependency on fossil-fuel funds. Fraser authored a leading fracking-protection bill, as well as other key bills servicing oil-and-gas interests.
Using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, Lobby Watch tracks $5.5 million in recent legislative hydrocarbon contributions from wellhead to war chest.