Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter Briefs Congressional Delegation on Importance of Oil and Gas Industry in Texas


AUSTIN  – Railroad Commissioner David Porter discussed the growing importance of the Texas Railroad Commission and how the agency is handling the state’s current boom in shale production with the Texas Caucus on Shale Oil and Gas today in Washington D.C.

“One of the most important aspects of my job as Texas Railroad Commissioner is to reach out and educate the public and fellow lawmakers on what the Railroad Commission does to protect the health and safety of Texans, while promoting the energy production that is so vital to our state,” Railroad Commissioner David Porter said.

This meeting of the Texas Caucus on Shale Oil and Gas will serve as an introduction for the 38-member Texas congressional delegation, held by Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Henry Cuellar. Other agencies invited to present include the United States Geological Survey and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

“With the incredible influx of oil and gas production occurring throughout our state, due largely to the discovery of several prolific shale plays and the advent of hydraulic fracturing, the Railroad Commission’s role of regulating this thriving industry is more crucial now than ever,” Porter said. “It is paramount that our Texas representatives in Washington have a deeper understanding of the critical functions the Commission performs and fully appreciate the importance of this historic agency, as well as the significance of the energy industry to our state’s economy.”



David 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.