Commissioner David Porter Urges Public Input on Recycling Rule Changes


AUSTIN - Commissioner David Porter affirmed his support for updated recycling rules at the Railroad Commission Open Meeting today, continuing his push for practical and environmentally sound solutions to the disposal of oil-field solid wastes and fluids.  

As Chairman of the Eagle Ford Task Force, Commissioner Porter has become ever more aware of the need for clear and effective rules that encourage innovation and water conservation without compromising health and safety standards.

“Technological breakthroughs have made it possible to recycle many oil field wastes, rather than putting them in landfills or pumping them back into the ground,” Porter said.  “We must make sure that the Railroad Commission rules keep pace. They must encourage recycling, promote competition, and work for operators and recyclers, large and small.”

The Commission staff has prepared draft revisions to current rules that will be considered by the Commissioners. Commissioner Porter commended the staff for their diligent work, and added that he looks forward to continuing to review the draft and to considering public input.


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.