Texas Oil & Gas Association president seeks support for Railroad Commission

Todd Staples outlined his argument for lawmakers to back the Railroad Commission.   File photo

Texas Oil and Gas Association President Todd Staples is urging lawmakers to reauthorize and provide funding to the Railroad Commission as it prepares to re-evaluate the state agency that oversees the oil and natural gas industry.

In a recent opinion piece for Texas Tribune’s TribTalk, Staples outlined his argument for lawmakers to back the Railroad Commission, an agency that is undergoing its “sunset review” by the state government. Staples called the over 125 year-old agency “indispensable.”

“Lawmakers would do well to not only reauthorize the Railroad Commission, but to also properly fund this indispensable agency so it has the people and technology necessary to maintain robust oversight of the oil and natural gas industry through science-based regulation,” Staples said.

Staples said the agency coming up for its review cycle should be seen as a chance to help the commission grow and improve, especially since the state’s oil and natural gas work is expanding.

“The agency must be properly funded to keep pace with growth and technology. It needs more staff, more field inspectors and technology upgrades to execute its work and with greater transparency and efficiency,” Staples said. “The commission is every bit as relevant and necessary today as it was when it was created more than 125 years ago."

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