Railroad Commissioners Comment on Denton Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Vote


AUSTIN—Below are statements from the three Railroad Commissioners on the vote to ban the well stimulation technique in the City of Denton:

Chairman Christi Craddick said, “While the ballot measure that passed in Denton is unfortunate, I expect that real facts and common sense will ultimately prevail. The charges delegated to the Railroad Commission of Texas are to manage the safe and responsible production of our state’s natural resources. We have ensured that our state has an exemplary environmental and public safety record. That record has fostered unprecedented economic growth and job creation. It is my goal that every community in Texas not only understands that they are safe, but they are the beneficiaries of our regulatory expertise.”

Commissioner David Porter said, "As the senior energy regulator in Texas, I am disappointed that Denton voters fell prey to scare tactics and mischaracterizations of the truth in passing the hydraulic fracturing ban. Texas is a global energy leader and has the best job climate in the country because of our fair, even-handed regulatory environment.  Bans based on misinformation — instead of science and fact — potentially threaten this energy renaissance and as a result, the well-being of all Texans.”

Commissioner Barry Smitherman said, “"We are very disappointed that voters in Denton have taken this draconian step to ban fracking.  Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are the transformative technologies that have changed the United States from an import dependent nation to one which now has surplus oil and gas reserves. And, importantly, great domestic jobs have been created along the way using this drilling technique.”


About the Railroad Commission

Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including more than 90 years regulating the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the Commission promotes research and education on the use of alternative fuels and has jurisdiction over gas utility, surface mining and pipeline industries. 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. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/