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.  
 
My opponent in this race fired the executive director of the RRC without consulting the other two commissioners, which is against the law. She has made over 400 votes this year that were illegal according to a recent KXAN news report. It is time to elect a real leader to help commissioner Sitton lead on the RRC.