Railroad Commission Hosts Australian and Japanese Delegates

02/06/2015

Shares Expertise in Oil and Gas Regulation with International Regulators

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas hosted delegations this week representing Australia and Japan. Regulators from both countries were interested in learning more about the successful regulation of the oil and gas industry in Texas. Representatives included members of Australia’s Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Trade and Investment Queensland, the Queensland government’s global business agency. The Commission also welcomed Hideki Kamitatara, Assistant Director of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Mr. Kamitatara is visiting the United States as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program.

On Wednesday, Commission staff provided the Australian delegation an agency overview and shared information on Commission rules and well monitoring practices that protect the public and our natural resources while maintaining a regulatory framework that is beneficial to all Texans. Specific areas of discussion included environmental permitting, regulations, reporting requirements and well inspection and monitoring in the field.

"Queensland, Australia is undergoing rapid growth in demand for onshore gas due to three mega-LNG facilities moving into production in 2015,” said David Camerlengo, Commissioner with Trade and Investment Queensland. “As Queensland seeks to build upon an effective petroleum and gas regulatory framework for the development of the next generation of onshore oil and natural gas resources, regulators and officials from Queensland seek to share information and best practices with the Railroad Commission of Texas.

“The Railroad Commission of Texas has a long history as the regulatory body for oil and gas in Texas which has overseen such exponential growth in unconventional exploration and production in Texas. Given such similarities in the recent growth of our industries and the relationship between Queensland and Texas as sister-states, Queensland values the opportunity to collaborate with the Railroad Commission."

On Thursday, Commission staff met with Hideki Kamitatara with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan to provide information on the regulatory role of the Commission in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.

“I appreciate having the opportunity to visit Texas and meet with staff at the Railroad Commission,” said Mr. Kamitatara. “The Commission is known worldwide as the premiere regulator of oil and gas exploration and production, and I learned a great deal about Commission rules that protect the environment. This is valuable information that I will be able to share with my colleagues in Japan.”

The Commission is known nationally and internationally for its expertise and successful regulation and frequently hosts guests from around the world. Over the past three years representatives of more than 30 countries have reached out to the Commission to learn from this expertise and experience. The Commission is a global leader in the regulation of oil and gas exploration and production, with a long and successful history dating back nearly a century.

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About the Railroad Commission

Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov.