Compact Will Encourage Federal Government to Look into Delegation of Authority
Austin — The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) passed Railroad Commission of Texas Commissioner Wayne Christian‘s (R – Texas) resolution asking President Donald Trump and Congress, in the spirit of Cooperative Federalism, to identify federal regulations that should be delegated to the states.
“We are facing a unique time in the history of our nation, especially regarding energy,” said Christian. “The United States is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the top producer of oil and gas in the world. This is an excellent opportunity for states to join together to work with the federal government to transcend partisan politics and correct misuses of federal regulatory power that have threatened our energy sector, the jobs it creates and the economy of our states.”
According to the action plan, IOGCC will send copies of the resolution to the President, Vice President, key administration officials, and Congressional leaders to encourage them to identify federal regulations that should be delegated to the states to improve regulatory efficiency and effectiveness.
The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency that works to ensure our nation’s oil and natural gas resources are conserved and maximized while protecting health, safety and the environment. IOGCC was created more than 80 years ago when six states joined together to resolve common issues and share best practices for industry regulation, minimizing federal intervention. Commissioner Wayne Christian was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott as Texas’ official representative to IOGCC in April 2017.