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Commentary: HB 3749: The Year’s Most Important Legislation for Gas Utility Customers

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The Houston Chronicle this week has highlighted what is likely the year’s most important state legislation for gas utility customers. House Bill 3749, by state Rep. Jim Keffer, will help ensure that Texas cities continue having a voice to defend their citizens against unwarranted gas utility rate hikes. A key legislative committee approved the bill last […]
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Monday at the Capitol: Legislation would rename the state’s ‘worst-named agency’

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It’s been said that the Texas Railroad Commission is the worst-named agency in the state. And that’s not according to an agency detractor, but from a former chairperson. The Texas Railroad Commission has absolutely no authority over railroads. Surveys have shown wide confusion about its responsibilities. But Texas home and business owners – whether they know it […]
Ryan Sitton (Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle)

New Texas oil regulator steps down from oil firm

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The regulator, Ryan Sitton, will be sworn in next week to join the three-member board of the Texas Railroad Commission. Though he did not specify a date, he said he will resign as chief executive of the company, Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services, placing his ownership stake in a blind trust.
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Texas crude production soars, but signs of slowdown emerge

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Texas producers have been scrambling to recalculate and re-recalculate the economics of their investments in the state’s shale fields.
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christie Craddick. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Texas Railroad Commission to continue drill permits in Denton

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The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing.
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Texas panel amends disposal well rules over earthquake concerns

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As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit.
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Report: Texas oil juggernaut threatened by feds, environmentalists

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Texas’ oil and gas juggernaut could be threatened by federal regulators and environmental groups proposing policies that could stifle production, a new trade group report finds.
Eagle Ford Shale production surges, despite dramatic well declines in the first year, the EIA reported.

Eagle Ford continues to gush despite rapid well declines

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Although Eagle Ford wells tend to drop in production by 60 to 70 percent in the first year, the shale has seen significant surges in crude oil production, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report released Monday.
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter. (photo courtesy of Texas Railroad Commission)

Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

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Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame.
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter. (photo courtesy of Texas Railroad Commission)

Feds aren’t protecting pipelines from cartels, Texas regulator says

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The feds aren’t doing enough to keep smugglers using pipeline rights-of-way from posing a threat to state inspectors, oil field workers or the pipelines themselves, a state regulator charged Friday.