Badlands Journal editorial board
We only drag up this moldy scandal, which began in the 1920's and was finally consumated in a spectacular act of corruption and hypocrisy in the 1990's because is it one of the San Joaquin Valley's own corruptions and, aside from featuring a former vicepresident and candidate for president, includes one of our own, former Rep. Tony "The Auctioneer" Coelho. Not long before this article was published, Coelho was forced to resign as campaign manager of Vice President Al Gore Jr., when the press proved more interested in the dirt on Tony's hands than the wooden eloquence of Gore's rhetoric.
It's hard to imagine a story that more perfectly illustrates the corporate truism that the best investment money can buy is a well placed politician.
The story is of particular interest today because of the fracking boom, particularly in the former federally owned Elk Hills Naval Reserve, the largest natural gas field in California, owned by Occidental Petroleum since Gore arranged the sale to the company. Read More »