On a winter afternoon in Austin, Texas, a dark-haired woman — her chin barely visible over her desk — moves swiftly through a permit to drill, a review of disposal, a license to frack and more than 500 other requests. Within just a few hours, she’s approved hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of projects, all with the swipe of her pen. It’s just another Tuesday for Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick.

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