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Railroad Commission Issues in 2016

The following issues will likely be at the forefront of the Railroad Commissioner race in 2016. Mark will continue to share his views on these and other topics on this website throughout the campaign.

  • Fracking 
    • Hydraulic fracturing continues to be a hot topic, both pro and con. Ramifications of fracking on earthquakes, groundwater contamination, and even climate change are of interest to much of the public. 
  • Local Control
    • The Denton fracking ban and the Texas Legislature’s response to it have surfaced significant local control issues. HB 40 was extremely controversial and will likely continue to be discussed as its ramifications are felt by Texas cities.
  • Property Rights
    • Though the Commission has little to no statutory authority in this regard, its role as oil and gas regulator lead many to blame it for such things as eminent domain abuse. 
  • Railroad Commission as Oil & Gas Industry Champion
    • Commissioners make no excuses for their role as industry champions, in large part because Texas statute enshrines that role. Many believe this creates conflicts of interest that impedes the Commission's ability to act in the best interests of the state as a whole. 
  • Transparency
    • There were a number of bills before the Texas Legislature during the last two sessions to change the Commission’s name. Issues around undue influence from oil and gas interests continue to surface.

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