Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton Q&A

Friendswood resident and statewide elected official shares his insights

By Nora Olabi
Community Impact News
Jan. 17, 2017

The Railroad Commission of Texas oversees the lifeblood of the state economy—the energy industry. The agency regulates the oil, gas and mining industries, and a three-member commission serves at the head. Each commissioner is... Read more


Statement from Commissioner Ryan Sitton on EPA Lawsuit Regarding Oil and Gas Waste Disposal

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton issued a statement regarding the court decision in a civil complaint filed against the EPA: Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-842, which was filed on May 4, 2016. The court decision, announced Dec. 28, directs the EPA to review and update its regulations on oil... Read more


Texas Oil Regulator: Trump EPA Pick Is Good At 'Breaking Down Worthless Organizations'

By Christopher Helman
Dec. 9, 2016

On Wednesday afternoon I was driving southeast from Houston in the direction of the Houston Ship Channel and its dozens of oil refineries and petrochemical plants. The air here is cleaner now than in decades past, thanks in large part to tighter federal air requirements.... Read more


Experts say Wednesday's OPEC announcement may affect Texas oil production

Nov. 30, 2016
By Jeffrey Weiss
Dallas News

OPEC announced Wednesday that its nations have agreed to cut its oil production for the first time in eight years in an effort to boost crude prices.

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New report: Banning fracking could have devastating impact on Texas, American economy

By Drilling Contractor
Nov. 4, 2016

If hydraulic fracturing were banned, Texas could lose 1.5 million jobs and $196 billion in annual GDP by 2022, a new report from the US Chamber of Commerce Energy Institute finds. The fourth installment of the institute’s Energy Accountability Series details the devastating economic impacts... Read more


Statement from Commissioner Ryan Sitton on Seismicity in Johnson County, Texas

AUSTIN – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today announced his collaboration with the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) Center for Integrated Seismicity Research (CISR), an industry-sponsored, multidisciplinary, trans-college research center. The mission of CISR is to conduct fundamental and applied research to better understand both naturally occurring and potentially induced... Read more


Texas Railroad Commissioner And Aggie Ryan Sitton Visits B/CS


Oct. 7, 2016
By Bill Oliver
WTAW Newstalk 1620

One of three members of the Texas Railroad Commission is an Aggie.

And Ryan Sitton has been on campus since Thursday participating in multiple events.

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The Top 10 Myths and Lies About the Oil and Gas Industry


Oct. 20, 2016
By Joe Hyde
San Angelo LIVE!

SAN ANGELO, TX — “There has never been a more important prize in the history of the Planet. And it’s in Texas,” said Allen Gilmer, CEO of Austin-based DrillingInfo. He was speaking to... Read more


Sitton: Texas Plays Swing Producer Role

 go_explore.pngSitton: Texas Plays Swing Producer Role

Oct. 3, 2016
By Trevor Hawes

OPEC last week committed to reducing its oil production quota during an informal meeting in Algiers in hopes of reducing the global oil supply and raising... Read more


Calls to Halt Texas Injection Wells Because of Earthquake are Premature


There is no question that the Texas Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator, is doing its job to protect Texans and that we take the issue of induced earthquakes and seismicity very seriously.

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