Railroad Commissioner Sitton Talks Energy Policy, Vision with American Association of Drilling Engineers

April 04, 2017

AUSTIN — Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton discussed the importance of developing a vision for the future of energy policy yesterday at a Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the American Association of Drilling Engineers University of Texas Austin Chapter. 

“We must think about energy policy in the long term, set a vision and take action now to achieve the goals that we all want – affordable, reliable, clean energy,” Sitton said.

“We currently have a federal administration that understands the importance of energy to our nation’s economy and national security, and the opportunities for the future of energy are limitless as we roll back duplicative regulations and take an all-of-the-above energy strategy.”

Sitton Talks Energy Policy


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.


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/about-us/.