There's been a lot about the oil industry not paying its fair share of taxes...yet it pays a higher rate than Apple or Google, which both made more than Exxon-Mobile. There has been a lot about fracking polluting water wells, with Range Energy being cited for water well pollution...which was quietly dropped a few weeks ago after 2 long years as there was no pollution. So you wonder why all this angst? Here is the EPA in the words of the Dallas Regional Administrator.
This guy was an environmentalist extremist way before getting hired, had a long history. The EPA knew exactly who and what he was, and has endorsed his actions until this came to be known.