On June 21, at the Texas Railroad Commission’s (RRC) Open Meeting, Commissioner Christi Craddick directed agency staff to evaluate the Commission’s regulatory requirements and take appropriate steps to reduce the administrative burden on industry, as well as create greater efficiency at the Commission through changes to rules, reporting, and/or other regulatory requirements.
“Since I have been at the Commission, I have often discussed with our district and Austin staff, industry members, trade associations, and other individuals, certain areas where the Railroad Commission can tighten up our rules, processes, requirements, etc., and potentially eliminate those that may no longer have a useful purpose,” Craddick said at the Open Meeting. “With [these discussions and the current oil and gas downturn] in mind, I have launched an initiative with the goal of making our processes more efficient, saving time and money for both the State of Texas and those doing business at the Railroad Commission.”
Craddick formally requested that Commission staff fully review the ideas within her initiative and prepare feedback for potential implementation at the next RRC Open Meeting on August 9, 2016.
“The Commission is providing a clear demonstration of good government by directing RRC staff to review regulations for efficiencies and recommend updates where needed,” said John Tintera, Executive Vice President of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. “The Alliance applauds and fully supports this endeavor. It is a stark contrast to the federal government’s repeated attempts and ongoing efforts to increase the cost of domestic energy development through intentionally burdensome and misguided regulations.”
The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers is the largest state independent oil and gas trade association in the nation, representing more than 3,000 member companies comprised of independent producers, operators, service and equipment supply companies, financial institutions, law firms, and other oil and gas related interests. For more information, visit: www.texasalliance.org.
LEON ZABAVA is the Oil and Gas Editor for the Pleasanton Express. He can be reached at 830.281.2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org