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  • Thoughtful regulation should be implemented by Texas regulators who have an intimate knowledge of the industry and experience within the state.
  • We must proactively work to protect Texas businesses and jobs from burdensome and overreaching federal regulation.
  • Texas’ economic success proves that a limited government philosophy allows businesses to prosper. The utilization of science and data to effectively and efficiently assess production activities allows Texas’ entrepreneurial spirit to flourish, while the federal process has proven to be ineffective, inefficient, and cumbersome.
  • The one size fits all model does not work in Texas. Different rules for different states are most effective and takes into account differing geography, geology and environments.
  • Texas energy regulation is guided by free market principles and based on studies of the processes that ensure responsible Texas energy production.
  • We must implement a fair and balanced approach when instituting and enforcing regulations that protect our citizens while at the same time freeing our businesses to effectively create jobs.
  • While the oil and gas industry is one of the top economic drivers in Texas, efficient, consistent, and predictable regulation within the energy industry is the key to our state’s economic success and advancing domestic U.S. energy production.
  • Texas has been fortunate to enjoy tremendous growth and job creation, but we must be vigilant in protecting that growth.

  • We must maintain an “all of the above” energy strategy by considering all economically efficient forms of energy.
  • Conservation and the utilization of alternative energy sources such as natural gas will help lead us to energy independence by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and other sources of energy.
  • Economic viability through energy independence will allow us the freedom to discontinue doing business with hostile adversaries while still meeting our energy needs.
  • The great shale boom in Texas which resulted from advances in technology related to fracking, horizontal drilling and appropriate regulation of these industry practices is driving oil production and leading us to increased energy independence.
  • We must continue to develop an energy plan that includes all available sources including oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, hydro and biomass while we consider the future of energy consumption and how to establish infrastructure that will allow for more effective use of alternative fuel sources.

  • It is vital that our state government and industry leaders work together to help educate the general public about energy production in Texas and the Railroad Commission’s outstanding work as a world leader in efficient and effective energy regulation.
  • Texas serves as a leading example throughout the world in developing workable regulation for the energy industry. Its leadership ensures that resource recovery operations meet or exceed environmental and safety compliance standards.
  • The Commission’s successful and comprehensive regulatory framework ensures that all oil and gas activities, including fracking, do not negatively impact ground or surface water. Protecting the vast natural resources that God has provided us with is directly tied to our state’s long term success and economic health.
  • We must work to educate the public of our diligent stewardship as the responsible guardians of Texas’ natural resources, concern for community safety, support of enhanced development techniques, and economic vitality for the benefit of all Texans.

  • In serving Texas, it is my duty to protect the private property rights of land and mineral owners throughout the state. An individual’s right to own property is afforded to us by the Constitution and should not be infringed upon by our government.
  • Occasionally, an individual’s private property rights and energy exploration will clash. When faced with such a conflict, it is vital we have leaders who understand how to balance the energy needs of the state with the constitutionally protected rights of private property owners.

  • We must work to maintain the ability and vision to keep up with technological advances of a constantly evolving Texas energy industry.
  • With Texas’ experience in exploration and production, free market practices, and prime production conditions, the Railroad Commission has proactively developed regulatory oversight while allowing vast industry growth through innovation.
  • Through technology and pioneering exploration of our vast resources, Texas now has enough oil and gas to continue leading the country in energy production for years to come.
  • In keeping pace with advancements in the energy industry, the Railroad Commission has spent the past year evaluating rules and processes to enhance our state’s regulatory structure. This includes one of the nation’s most comprehensive chemical disclosure rules for fracking a well in Texas and rule amendments to update standards relating to the requirements for integrity testing of casing, cementing, drilling, well control and well completion.
  • Texas must continue to lead the way in the evolution of an exceptional regulatory framework in conjunction with one of the most technologically advanced industries in the world.

  • We must be steadfast in our conservative leadership on the Railroad Commission. Standing firm on traditional values, safeguarding our families, keeping our faith in God, and defending our constitutionally protected freedoms should be the responsibility of every elected Texas official in our daily actions as public servants.
  • Texas is not only great because of our natural beauty, vast natural resources, and strong economy. Texas’ greatness also derives from the individuals who came here seeking a better life; one of responsible and limited government to reap the rewards of a successful economic model that states across the country are working to implement.
  • As the stewards of Texas’ natural resources, our values of hard work and strength of conviction should be present in all of our daily duties.

 

"As a former Railroad Commissioner, I know that Christi brings the right kind of experience to the job."
- Elizabeth Ames Jones, Former Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas