WASHINGTON D.C. –– Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, in testimony today before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, said that efforts to impose cumbersome federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing in Texas by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be detrimental to Texas energy production and job creation.
“ Texas has successfully regulated oil and gas production for almost 100 years and knows better than the federal government how to both serve and protect the unique interests of our state,” Craddick said in her testimony in support of HR 2728 (Flores), the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act.
“ A one size fits all model does not work, as different rules for different states are most effective in adhering to a wide variety in geography, geology, and environments,” Craddick said.
“Unlike the federal government, Texas energy regulation is based on rules in contrast to permit- or study- driven regulation. Free market principles guided by rules in Texas allow companies to drill, so long as the rules are followed,” Craddick said. “The Railroad Commission has in place a successful and comprehensive regulatory framework taking industry best practices into account to ensure that all oil and gas activities occur while our natural resources—Texas air, land and water—remain safe.
“The Railroad Commission’s rules are amended as industry technology develops and drilling activity increases. In the past year, the Commission has put into place some of the nation’s first frac fluid disclosure rules, revised rules on well integrity, and implemented recycling rules to remove regulatory roadblocks and encourage water recycling within the industry.
“Texas produces almost one third of total U.S. crude oil today. Last year, there were a total of 427,761 oil and gas jobs in Texas,” Craddick said. “ As our nation nears energy independence, it is vital now more so than ever that energy producing states are not over-burdened by federal regulations that stifle production growth. While energy resources are abundant throughout the world, Texas’ supply is significant. Our state’s regulatory policies have enabled Texas to become one of the world’s greatest energy producers, leading the U.S. toward energy independence. Overreaching federal oversight would shut Texas’ energy industry down.”
Christi Craddick was elected statewide by the people of Texas in November 2012 to serve a six-year term as Texas Railroad Commissioner.A native of Midland, Christi is an attorney specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy.