RRC Commissioner Porter brings Eagle Ford Shale Task Force to Texas Capitol-Legislators join oil & gas leaders at stakeholder meeting to discuss state energy issues

03/12/2015

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter convened his Eagle Ford Shale Task Force at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon for a special Legislative Session meeting.

Commissioner Porter said, “The Eagle Ford Shale is one of the most energy rich areas of the country and has supplied billions of dollars in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs to Texas. With the recent drop in oil prices, it’s important for oil and gas stakeholders to communicate the state of industry with state and community leaders.”

Keynote speaker Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TxOGA), gave the Task Force a broad overview of oil and gas issues this Session and also addressed matters relevant specifically to the Eagle Ford Shale. As former State Agriculture Commissioner and member of the Texas Legislature, Staples provided insight into both the energy industry and the Texas political process. He applauded the commissioner for his leadership.

Staples said, “Commissioner David Porter and the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force are leading by example, working to encourage communication and establish best practices across the industry. This joint effort between communities, elected officials and industry groups is a great asset to Texas and will allow oil and gas to play a major role in our economy.”

Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) also addressed the group.

"I am grateful to Commissioner Porter for convening the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force, and I am delighted to welcome its members, many of whom are my constituents, to the Texas Capitol," said Sen. Zaffirini, an organizer of the Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs, and a member of the Natural Resources & Economic Development committee. "The Eagle Ford Shale is an economic engine for our state, and Task Force members are playing an important role in recommending legislation and opening lines of communication regarding responsible development in the region."

Other featured speakers included Gloria Leal, Government Relations Consultant for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and pipeline industry representative, Phil Gamble.

“The pipeline industry certainly appreciates Commissioner Porter’s leadership on issues in the Eagle Ford Shale, and I am grateful to be able to address the Task Force and talk about the important role of pipelines in the Texas economy and energy industry,” Gamble said.

Leal lauded Commissioner Porter for establishing the Task Force, saying, “It was an inspired idea to bring together a mix of local stakeholders to focus on a course forward for South Texas, to learn from the mistakes of the booms elsewhere in the state and to promote economic benefits through best practices."

The Eagle Ford Shale Task Force currently meets quarterly in San Antonio. The group is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders in the South Texas region. Commissioner Porter created the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force in 2011. He has led the Task Force with a belief in the importance of protecting the health and safety of Texans and properly managing the state’s precious natural resources, while encouraging the oil and gas industry to efficiently and economically produce the energy needed to power Texans and the Texas economy.

Commissioner Porter was elected statewide to the Texas Railroad Commission on November 2, 2010. A Certified Public Accountant and successful small business owner, Commissioner Porter has worked with oil and gas producers for nearly three decades providing strategic financial advice and tax counsel. He has a long record of pro-business, free market, conservative credentials.