"Governor Brown has just turned the keys of the Public Utilities Commission over to another oil industry loyalist who did the industry's wet work in firing tough oil well regulators in 2011, resulting in the loosening of well standards and a half million in contributions from Occidental Petroleum to the Governor's causes," said Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog.
"Cliff Rechtschaffen has proven himself to be a lapdog for the oil industry. Ironically, he joins Liane Randolph, a former Chevron lawyer and another Brown appointee, on the Public Utilities Commission after both participated in one of the ugliest episodes of oil industry influence during the Brown Administration, the gutting of oil well safety for oil industry cash. This appointment should cast a huge shadow over Governor Brown's environmental legacy given Rechtschaffen's role in one of the biggest ethical scandals during the Brown era."
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