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We Did It! Thank You for Electing Me to a Second Term!

Thank you.

Thank you for entrusting me with your support and vote during a long and tough election cycle. We won big, and now it is time to turn to the task of delivering results.

Our work is now all the more important. We must keep Texas on a path of economic independence and energy security through pro-growth policies and conservative principles.

I’m proud of the results we’ve achieved at the Railroad Commission and I look forward to continuing to serve you and the state of Texas.

Christi’s November Newsletter

Chairman Craddick on Texas leading the oil and gas industry recovery, responsible growth, rising wages and salaries, Texas v. California, and more. Click here to read.

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Chairman Craddick Emphasizes Balance in Managing Environment, Energy Growth

AUSTIN – Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today spoke to the Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association (TLMA) at their statewide members meeting in San Antonio about the common sense regulatory approach necessary to protect Texas land and water resources and the land and mineral rights of all Texans as the state’s energy industry continues to grow.

“The Railroad Commission and Texas land and mineral owners agree that the great economic gains generated from oil and gas production in Texas are meaningless without the health and safety of our citizens and environment,” Craddick said. “In Texas, we know that economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. The Railroad Commission, industry and the public have worked together to achieve balanced policies that benefit our state and protect our communities and natural resources. Together, we will ensure our state’s long-term energy growth and overall success.”

TLMA is a nonpartisan association of Texas land and mineral owners that engages in direct advocacy to achieve a business and legal environment that promotes a healthy oil and gas industry in Texas by ensuring that the rights of mineral and surface owners are protected; a reduction in litigation; and, the protection of groundwater resources.

Christi’s October Newsletter

Chairman Craddick on Texas pushing the U.S. to top crude producer, the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, 26 months of employment growth, and more. Click here to read.

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Chairman Craddick Highlights Growing Energy Revenues for Tax Association

AUSTIN – Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today addressed the current and future outlook of the Texas energy industry and its economic impact to the state at the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) annual meeting in Austin.

“The energy industry supports nearly one-third of our state’s economy, generating approximately $30 million a day. This revenue is critical in helping fund important services for Texans, such as public schools, public safety, and roads,” Craddick said. “Thanks to Texas’ incredible energy growth over the last year, the Rainy Day Fund is forecast to hold a balance of $11.9 billion by end of fiscal 2019, the largest ending balance in the fund’s history.

“The industry’s ability to innovate has made Texas the most profitable region in the world for energy development,” Craddick said. “And, the Railroad Commission’s pro-business regulatory structure drives companies to choose to do business in our state creating jobs, creating prosperity and ensuring Texas remains at the forefront of global oil and gas production for the foreseeable future.”

TTARA is a non-profit organization of businesses and individuals from a range of economic sectors and activities in Texas who are interested in state and local fiscal policies, and the way those policies impact the state’s economy.

Christi’s September Newsletter

Chairman Craddick on the Texas oil boom, 25 months of job growth in Texas, celebrating National Petroleum Day, and more. Click here to read.

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Christi’s August Newsletter

Chairman Craddick on Texas as the world’s no. 3 oil producer and the top state for business in America, fighting human trafficking, and more. Click here to read.

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Chairman Craddick Convenes Energy Industry to Address Human Trafficking

AUSTIN – Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick yesterday joined Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) and energy industry representatives to raise awareness about human trafficking and how the energy industry can work to prevent and address the issue in Texas. The meeting was hosted by the Texas Oil and Gas Association in Austin.

“The exploitation of Texans who are forced to work in abusive circumstances is intolerable,” Craddick said. “I applaud the Governor’s efforts to educate industry and the public on human trafficking and establish preventative networks and resources to better protect our citizens. I am committed to assisting the Governor in working with industry members to coordinate the distribution of information and resources for this purpose.”

The CSTT was established within the Office of the Governor in 2015 and works to prevent victimization, identify and recover survivors, provide coordinated services to help them heal and thrive, and bring those involved in these heinous crimes to justice. Learn more about these strategies by visiting https://gov.texas.gov.

For more information on human trafficking occurring in Texas and training resources available to the public, please visit the attorney general’s website at https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/human-trafficking.

If you suspect human trafficking, report it to the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888. If the situation is an emergency, call 911.

Christi’s July Newsletter

Chairman Craddick on the 2018 Republican Party of Texas state convention, balancing rising temperatures and energy demands, joining our Craddick Crew, and more. Click here to read.

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RRC Chairman Craddick and PUC Chairman Walker Working to Ensure Availability of Natural Gas for Reliable Electric Service this Summer

AUSTIN – Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick and Public Utility Commission Chairman DeAnn Walker are urging natural gas pipeline operators and electric generation plant operators to work together to ensure availability of pipeline transmission capacity to meet electric generation needs at times of peak demand during the hot Texas summer. Craddick and Walker are asking stakeholders to work with the Railroad Commission’s Oversight and Safety Division to schedule required pipeline testing outside of peak demand months. During the required tests, pipelines are unable to deliver natural gas, which fuels electric generation plants across Texas.

“Pipeline safety is one of the most important areas we regulate at the Railroad Commission,” Chairman Craddick said. “Integrity testing of gas transmission pipelines is a critical part of our safety requirements and should be scheduled to maximize operational availability. We must all work together to make sure the citizens of Texas are able to keep their air conditioning running, fans blowing, and lights on during the hot Texas summer.”

“Gas fired electric generation plants make up nearly 40% of our ERCOT’s electric generation, so we need to be sure they are online during times of peak demand,” said Chairman Walker. “With our state’s robust economy and growing population, demand is higher than ever. Therefore, teamwork is the key to a successful summer for all Texans.”

The Railroad Commission and Public Utility Commission have issued the attached notice to natural gas pipeline operators and electric generation plant operators.

Railroad Commission and Public Utility Commission staff are monitoring electric generation needs during peak demand months and assisting with necessary coordination of pipeline transmission capacity to best ensure natural gas availability for electric generation facilities.