RRC Porter Kicks off 2015 Natural Gas Initiative-Focus on Economic Benefits of Growing Markets for Texas Natural Gas

03/26/2015

AUSTIN-Railroad Commissioner David Porter today kicked off his 2015 Natural Gas Initiative with Legislators and national business leaders at a half-day workshop at Railroad Commission headquarters.

“I always tell people using natural gas engine fuel is a ‘win, win, win.’ Natural gas is not only abundant, affordable and clean-burning; natural gas is a Texas fuel,” Commissioner Porter said. “Using more natural gas at home means more jobs and more revenue for our state and national economies. It also means better energy security. By using more natural gas in markets that rely on traditional fuels like diesel, we can keep reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources.”

Commissioner Porter’s Initiative promotes the benefits of natural gas as an alternative fuel in Texas to help continue to power the state’s economy through this homegrown energy resource. Since launching his Initiative in 2013, the number of natural gas refueling stations in Texas is up 88 percent, and sales of natural gas as a transportation fuel have doubled. Natural gas use for exploration and production activities has climbed significantly as well.  Fifteen percent of drilling engines in the U.S. now use natural gas fuel.

"Today’s Natural Gas Workshop in Austin is an opportunity for legislators and industry leaders to collaborate on how to expand the use of natural gas in Texas," said State Rep. Jason Isaac.  "It's an honor to work with Commissioner Porter to educate Texans on the benefits of natural gas. The natural gas industry is responsible for significant economic growth in our state and it is encouraging to see businesses and the public moving towards an abundant, clean and affordable fuel: Texas natural gas."

"These informative workshops demonstrate the commitment Commissioner David Porter has in helping educate Texans about the economic and environmental benefits of using cleaner burning natural gas to help fuel transportation needs in our great state,” said Dr. Ken Morgan, workshop moderator and Director of the TCU Energy Institute.

The Austin Natural Gas Workshop supports Commissioner Porter’s ongoing series of statewide events that began with the launch of his Natural Gas Initiative in October 2013. He will host additional workshops in Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio later this year.

To view video archive of the workshop, click here.

 2015 Natural Gas Initiative Workshop

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.