Magellan pipeline rupture. July 2017. Bastrop County, Texas. 

Magellan pipeline rupture. July 2017. Bastrop County, Texas. 

Tell the Truth

How is it that the Texas Railroad Commission’s name hides its true mission? Past Sunset Commission reports have recommended the name be changed so that Texans would know the charge to the commission. Republicans and Democrats have introduced bills to change the name. One commissioner's recent polling indicated that fewer than 5% of Texans know the Commission regulates oil and gas. The answer is weak leadership. 
 
Weak leadership by Texas government discourages the public from having discussions of the issues that truly matter most to them. When everyone knows something is wrong and the people in charge cannot fix it, it is time to change the people in charge.  
 
There needs to be greater control on contributions to sitting commissions and campaign finance laws in general. The cronyism of the Texas Railroad Commission makes it very hard to elect people who will study, represent, and advocate for surface rights owners, local governments, and the general public’s rights to raise families in an environment free of unnecessary pollution.  
 
100 years ago we faced what we face today. We changed our fuel source. The leadership of the Republican Party, of whom every member of the Railroad Commission is a member, would like to bring back every job that ever existed. I am waiting to hear that the laws protecting whales have been lifted and the federal government will be subsidizing the construction of new whaling stations through the Texas Railroad Commission. Would this commission and Texas stand up to that? Are they standing up to the dismantling of the EPA today? You have your answer. It's past time for change at the TX RRC.