Robert Finne was talking with a friend about the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission earlier this year when they both started wondering, "Who are these people?" So they wrote to the commission and asked. Finne, a critic of gas drilling in the Fayetteville Shale, was surprised to learn that most of the commissioners owned oil and gas drilling companies. "I knew the cards were stacked against us, but I had no idea how badly," Finne said. Five of the nine members of the appointed commission have their own drilling companies. Two others are officers of oil and gas companies. Such ties are common among oil and gas officials, according to review of state records and other documents by Greenwire.