Commissioners Address Oil and Gas Regulatory Conference - Emphasize State Agency’s Role in Protecting Public Safety & Natural Resources


The three Railroad Commissioners spoke at the Commission’s Oil and Gas Division Regulatory Conference in Austin today emphasizing the agency’s role in protecting public safety and the state’s natural resources. The technical conference and workshop was held to help industry personnel understand the processes and forms required by the Commission as the state’s top energy regulator.

Chairman David Porter said, “Our state is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, but we aren’t the nation’s leading energy producer just because of our geology. Regulatory framework matters.  What separates Texas from other states is the regulatory environment we have fostered – one that is balanced, fair and consistent.”

Commissioner Christi Craddick said, “Texans rightly expect the energy industry to comply with all applicable laws and rules governing oil and gas development. Part of the Commission’s responsibility in successfully regulating the oil and gas industry means ensuring operators fully understand those laws and rules so they can meet that expectation.”

Commissioner Ryan Sitton said, “The Railroad Commission is committed to enhancing our communication efforts to help Texans understand what we do and how to get the information they need. Conferences like this allow stakeholders to engage directly with our technical staff and ask questions and get answers about how the commission oversees energy production in Texas.” 

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