Now, especially since HB40 took away local control, Texans need the Railroad Commission to reign in the oil and gas industry and protect our basic rights. Are you fed up with the our state regulators turning their backs while the oil and gas industry runs rough shod over landowners and communities?
Then show up and sound off at a town hall event hosted by: Public Citizen, Earthworks and Sierra Club (not hosted by: The Railroad Commission of Texas)
TOWN HALL EVENT – Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Grapevine Convention Center (off Hwy 114 and Main exit)
1209 South Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
Registration is at 6:30 PM
Town hall starts at 7 PM
Legislators and their staff have been invited to hear your concerns. (Watch this space to learn which legislators care enough about public concerns to attend.)
Come learn about the Sunset Advisory Commission process:
ABOUT SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION – Approximately every decade state agencies come up for review. This process is called Sunset and a special Texas Legislative Committee composed of state Senators and House members has oversight over this process.
Typically there are about 6-10 agencies that get reviewed. The recommendations of change for that agency can range from the dissolving of that agency to name changes, changes on how commissioners/agency heads are selected, changes related to enforcement, operations, fines, oversight responsibilities, whether those responsibilities move to another agency, etc.
During the last few legislative sessions, due to budget wranglings and other political moves, only minor changes to some RRC operations such as the T-4 form for eminent domain, etc. for the RRC was changed. This is your chance to now voice the reforms you want to see at this agency.
Sunset Commission review documents on the Railroad Commission.
Next Up: August 22 at the State Capitol in Austin – Come voice your concerns during public testimony to the full Sunset Committee . More info forthcoming.
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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The sun should NOT set on the RRC. Based on how it operates, I believe that the RRC should, immediately, be taken off of public funding. The RRC should then be allowed to get it’s funding from the O&G industry and other polluters in Texas. A lot of tax money would be saved and NOTHING WOULD CHANGE.
I”m with you on that!