Railroad Commission of Texas Launches Social Media Communications - Increases Agency Transparency, Public Information, and Education Efforts


AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) today launched several social media accounts to increase the agency’s transparency and more effectively communicate with the public and stakeholders about the activities and responsibilities of the RRC. The RRC now has social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Commission Chairman David Porter said, “It’s critical we use every resource available to be accountable and transparent to the public; to communicate everything we’re doing at the Commission to protect public safety and our natural resources; and to inform Texans about the importance of our state’s oil and gas industry. Social media is a great tool to quickly and widely distribute information to the public and stakeholders, and we will use it to its fullest extent.”

Commissioner Christi Craddick said, “The Commission has a responsibility to share the important message of our job well done with regard to our oil and gas regulatory duties. In today’s day and age, knowledge and safety go hand-in-hand. For both the continued well-being of all Texans and the viability of this important industry, we are looking forward to utilizing new avenues including social media to help us reach countless more Texans with this important information.”

Commissioner Ryan Sitton said, “Social media will give the RRC far more capability than it’s ever had to communicate directly with Texans about all of the agency’s actions taken on their behalf. The more Texans know about what we’re doing at the RRC, the more confidence they’ll have in us.”

Social media accounts for the RRC are:

About the Railroad Commission

Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov