Commissioner Craddick Encourages Oil & Gas Industry’s Lifeblood to Stay the Course at Texas Alliance Annual Meeting

April 20, 2016

WICHITA FALLS – Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick today noted the long-term growth expected for Texas’ oil and gas industry and praised the spirit and resilience of our state’s independent producers in keynote remarks at the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Annual meeting in Wichita Falls.

“The oil and gas industry has seen its ebbs and flows over its long history in this state,” Craddick said. “Despite difficult times, Texas energy production remains a pillar of our economy, contributing 40 percent to state coffers. Independent producers are the backbone of the industry, and Texas oil and gas would not be what it is today without their determination and ingenuity. We cannot thank you enough for your hard work and commitment to keeping Texas first in energy production.”

The Alliance has a combined membership of over 3,350 members and is the largest state independent oil and gas association in the nation. The Alliance brings together members for the common purpose of supporting the oil and gas industry and developing programs – including insurance and public education.

Christi Craddick was elected statewide by the people of Texas in November 2012 to serve a six-year term as Texas Railroad Commissioner. A native of Midland, Christi is an attorney specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy.

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