Smitherman named to national committee

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman has been named chair of the gas committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is made up of members of governmental agencies that regulate energy, telecommunications and water utilities. The committee focuses on transportation, distribution and sale of natural gas.

Smitherman, noting the increasingly visible role of natural gas in the nation’s energy mix, said he expects the committee to focus on pipeline safety, use of natural gas for transportation and the export of liquid natural gas, among other issues.

Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission in 2011 and was elected chairman in February. He previously had been a member of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

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Jeannie Kever joined the Houston Chronicle's energy team in September 2012. A native of West Texas, she has been at the Houston Chronicle since 1997, working in the features department for 10 years before moving to the city desk, where she reported on higher education, the 2010 Census and health care before moving to the business desk. She previously worked at the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, the San Antonio Light, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, the El Paso Times and the San Angelo Standard Times.