David Porter won’t run for reelection to Texas Railroad Commission

David Porter, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, speaks Tuesday 11-10-2015 during the Executive Oil Conference at the Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion. Tim FischerReporter-Telegram
David Porter, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, speaks Tuesday 11-10-2015 during the Executive Oil Conference at the Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion.
Tim FischerReporter-Telegram

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter announced today that he will not campaign for re-election to the commission.

Porter is a CPA from Midland, but was well known in South Texas communities for organizing the Eagle Ford Task Force.

He released this statement:

“After much thought and consideration, my wife Cheryl and I have decided to withdraw from my race for re-election to the Railroad Commission. This decision was not an easy one, but I feel that all the goals I set out to achieve were accomplished during my tenure. Now is a good time to focus on my family and my return to the private sector. Effectively managing the agency as chairman, updating commission rules and regulations, and continuing the diligent work of the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force will be the top priorities for the remainder of my term. It has been an honor to work with an able staff and exceptional colleagues. Finally, let me thank the voters of Texas for an incredible opportunity to serve this great state.”

Porter was elected in 2010 to a six-year-term. In 2011, he formed the the Eagle Ford Task Force, a group of community and business leaders, along with landowners, who met frequently to talk about the impact of the shale drilling boom in South Texas.

The Eagle Ford Task Force released this report in 2013. The group has held meetings across the region on everything from water use in hydraulic fracturing to road conditions or the use of vehicles that run on natural gas.

Porter was in San Antonio Wednesday to speak at the State of Energy luncheon.

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