Statement by Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on Legislative Seismic Activity Hearing


The following statement can be attributed to Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on today’s House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity hearing.

“I commend Chairman Keffer for creating the House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity and applaud Chairman Crownover and committee members for their attention to this important issue. The Railroad Commission is tasked with promoting the energy production that is vital to our state and nation and protecting the health and safety of Texas citizens. As Railroad Commissioner, I take these responsibilities very seriously and appreciate the Commission’s opportunity to testify at today’s hearing.

“It is imperative that the Commission base its rules and regulations on sound science and proven facts, not speculation and theories. The Commission’s seismologist, Dr. Pearson, is dedicated to closely examining and studying seismic activity in Texas in order to gain an understanding of what, if any, human activity induces these seismic events. We look forward to collaborating closely with the members of this committee and the rest of the Legislature as we work diligently to find answers and determine any future course of action."


David J. Porter was elected 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.