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You can’t really blame California Gov. Brown for ordering a mapping specialist with the California Department of Conservation to map his 2,700-acre family ranch in Northern California. After all taxes in the state are so high he is probably low on funds.

In this little bit of hypocrisy Governor Moonbat Moonbeam this big supporter of the global warming hypothesis had the Department of Conservation check to see if he could strike it rich by drilling for oil on his property and on the public’s dime.

Gov. Jerry Brown last year directed state oil and gas regulators to research, map and report back on any mining and oil drilling history and “potential for future oil and gas activity” at the Brown family’s ranch in Colusa County, state records show.

After a phone call from the governor and follow-up requests from his aides, senior staffers in the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency over at least two days produced a 51-page historical report and geological assessment of the property. The study also produced a personalized satellite-imaged geological and oil and gas drilling map for the area around the ranch, in the foothills west of the town of Williams, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Now the woman who did the work, “Jennie Catalano, a mapping specialist who has been with the state Department of Conservation for 18 years” contends that “she faced unspecified retaliation after being suspected of lodging the complaint over being directed to do the personal work for Brown”

According to her attorney, William Rehwald.

“I was asked to help her in part because she does feel that she’s being retaliated against because she’s a whistleblower,” Rehwald said.

Through the state’s open records law, The Associated Press obtained the research that state regulators carried out for Gov. Brown, and the emails among senior oil and gas regulators scrambling to fulfill the governor’s request.

 Brown in June 2014 directed senior officials at the Department of Conservation’s oil and gas regulatory agency to map, research and assess the oil, gas and mineral history and potential of his 2,700-acre family ranch in Northern California near Williams.

But here’s the rub:

State law prohibits elected officials from using state resources for personal purposes. Spokesmen for Brown and the oil and gas agency say the governor is allowed to access public records the same as any member of the public, and say that oil and gas regulators routinely do such research for the public.

However, four oil-industry professionals and three former officials whose tenure with the state oil and gas agency spanned from the 1980s to 2013 told the AP they know of no other instance where the state performed that kind of satellite-imaged geology and drilling map, development assessment and compiling of state records for a private individual.

The AP contacted Ms. Catalano confirmed she made the whistleblower’s complaint but she wouldn’t say anything else.

At the very this is going to be tons of fun to watch.

 

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