COMMISSIONER ELIZABETH AMES JONES WARNS OF HAZARDS IN ENERGY LEGISLATION PENDING IN CONGRESS

07/29/2010

Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones' statement on the amendment to H.R. 3534, the “Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act”

Austin –“It is my understanding that HR 3534, which is a combination of several bills, is making its
way through Congress and may be up for a vote on Friday. This bill usurps the states' authority over oil and gas exploration in their state waters (page 47). The Republic of Texas entered into the Union in 1845 and retained jurisdiction up to 3 leagues offshore. That boundary was adjudicated in the Tidelands case in the 1940's and finally resolved by Congress in 1953.”

“I urge all members of the Texas congressional delegation, regardless of party affiliation, to vote NO on HR 3534 by Rahall (D-WV) and on any other piece of legislation that encroaches upon the energy regulatory practices put into place by the Railroad Commission of Texas and the other coastal states' respective energy regulatory agencies. This is a blatant attempt by the federal government to nationalize control of the coastal states' jurisdictions.”

Jones, 53, was first elected to the Texas Legislature in a landslide-upset victory over an incumbent in 2000. She was overwhelmingly elected to serve a six-year term in 2006 to the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s energy agency. She is a staunch advocate for the responsible production of America's energy resources, tort reform, and limited government, and Jones lends her insight and voice to a wide range of conservative issues in Texas and nationally. Her commentaries have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other major newspapers.