Commissioner Ryan Sitton Speaks on Texas Energy Opportunities at Gulf Coast Industry Forum


PASADENA — Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton gave the lunchtime keynote address at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum, which brought together cities, counties, port authorities and hundreds of energy industry professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the Gulf Coast energy industry. 

“If you’re a kid growing up in Texas today, you’re in high school and you’re about to go to college, and you ask your Mom and Dad, ‘Where are the opportunities? It is hard not to point at energy and say, ‘We’re going to be a leader in energy for a long time’.” Sitton said. “And not just for those who work in the energy business. I’m talking about those who work in transportation. Or in technology. Or in manufacturing for whom energy is their largest single cost except for people. They get an advantage versus all of their overseas competitors because our energy is so affordable, and so reliable, That’s the opportunity in Texas,” concluded Sitton. 

Sitton also discussed his vision of leadership and decried the divisiveness that infests much of our public discourse.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton addresses the 2019 Gulf Coast Industry Forum

Photo: Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton addresses the 2019 Gulf Coast Industry Forum


Ryan Sitton was elected to the Railroad Commission in 2014 and is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years. Sitton is one of the world’s leading energy experts and founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. As Railroad Commissioner, Sitton uses his technical expertise and business experience to make decisions for the state that are based on sound science and employs a fiscally conservative approach to prioritize the agency’s efforts.