Texans React to Resignation of EPA's Armendariz

Days after a 2010 video surfaced in which EPA official Al Armendariz described a push to "crucify" major violators in the oil and gas business, he has resigned, causing regret among environmentalists and relief in the oil and gas industry.

Armendariz served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6, which is based in Dallas. His resignation, confirmed to The Texas Tribune by the EPA, comes less than a week after the video clip surfaced. In the clip, he compared the way Romans tamed Turkish towns to the way the EPA could carry out enforcement actions.

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