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Texas earthquakes linked to oil, gas development

For more than 100 years, people have questioned whether taking oil and gas from the depths of the earth can cause tremors. When an earthquake shook Austin in 1902, some thought an explosion in the oilfields of Spindletop, in southern Beaumont, might be to blame. The 1902 earthquake was naturally occurring. But the link between human activity and earthquakes is ...

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Ryan Sitton gears up For RRC position

Commissioner-Elect Ryan Sitton will be sworn in as the Texas Railroad Commission’s 49th commissioner next Monday in Austin. Sittion’s political race began back in March when he finished second in the GOP primary with slightly over 30 percent of the votes. Qualifying for a slot in the runoff election, Sitton won the party’s nomination against former State Representative Wayne Christian ...

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OPINION: If deer complain, who’s listening?

Used to be, the morning deer hunt involved climbing into a blind as quietly as we could, cringing in the pitch dark at each creak and squeak we made, hoping we weren’t scaring off the critters. We’d use our flashlights sparingly to evade the attention of the aforesaid critters. My, how times have changed. These days when I creep into ...

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The RRC ponders their responsibility to urban inspections

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The bustle of the boom isn’t just limited to rural Texas anymore. Aside from the obvious economic and population influx that regions feel, literal drilling operations and petroleum transportation are continuously impacting higher populated areas in the Lone Star State. Today, Chairman Christi Craddick urged the Railroad Commission’s Executive Director to explore the potential need for a new round of inspections ...

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RRC Texas appoints new communications director

The Railroad Commission of Texas has announced Rich Parsons as their new communications director effective November 12, 2014. Rich Parsons started out his career in communications as broadcast journalist for Austin’s KXAN NBC affiliate where he worked for a little over eight years before pursuing governmental employment. Prior to his new position, Parson worked as Deputy Director of Communications under ...

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Finding Common Ground About What’s Underground


Last week’s election was remarkable for many reasons, including the decision by Denton residents to ban hydraulic fracturing in their community. The first of its kind in Texas, this vote has caused a bit of an uproar. As the state’s primary regulator of the oil and gas industry, the Railroad Commission of Texas is focused on fulfilling its charter and ...

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