by David Hasemyer, The Center for Public Integrity
During their careers as oil and gas inspectors for the Texas Railroad Commission, Fred Wright and Morris Kocurek earned merit raises, promotions and praise from their supervisors.
They went about their jobs — keeping tabs on the conduct of the state’s most important industry — with gusto.
But they may have done their jobs too well for the industry’s taste — and for their own agency’s.
Kocurek and Wright, who worked in different Railroad Commission districts, were fired within months of each other in 2013. Both say their careers were upended by their insistence that oil and gas operators follow rules intended to protect the public and the environment. Read the entire story.