Commissioner Ryan Sitton Highlights Texas’ Global Energy Impact at Gulf Coast Industry Forum: RRC


PASADENA – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton on Thursday gave the closing keynote address at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum, which brought together cities, counties, port authorities and hundreds of energy industry professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the Gulf Coast energy industry.


“Texas’ impact on global energy markets right now cannot be overstated,” Sitton said. “The things happening in Texas oil fields, processing plants and petrochemical facilities are reverberating around the world. For example, between 2011 through 2020, U.S. petrochemical capacity will have grown by 28 million tonnes. And since 2010, 325 projects cumulatively valued at almost $200 billion in capital investment have been announced, many of which are located along the Gulf Coast. As oil and natural gas production continue to rise, more pipelines are built and ports expanded, and more petrochemical facilities start up, American energy is dramatically improving America’s trade deficits and enhancing our economic and national security. Every single Texan should be excited about these developments,” concluded Sitton.


Earlier in the day Sitton spoke at the University of Texas’ 17th Annual Gas and Power Institute CLE event. He delivered similar remarks to those described above.

Above: Commissioner Ryan Sitton delivering the closing keynote at the 2018 Gulf Coast Industry Forum.

Texas leads as U.S. become largest oil producer surpassing Saudi Arabia, Russia

By Alex Mills


Increased crude oil production throughout Texas this year has resulted in a huge jump in U.S. oil production. Now, apparently the U.S. has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest oil producer a feat that would have been thought impossible just 10 years ago.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) at the Department of Energy issued a report recently estimating that U.S. oil production volumes passed Saudi Arabia in February and Russia in June and August.

“U.S. crude oil production, particularly from light sweet crude oil grades, has rapidly increased since 2011,” EIA noted in its Short-Term Energy Outlook. “Much of the recent growth has occurred in areas such as the Permian region in western Texas and eastern New Mexico, the Federal Offshore Gulf of Mexico, and the Bakken region in North Dakota and Montana.”…

O’Rourke Calls For Texas to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

September 16, 2018


Along with an end to “prohibition” of marijuana and a need for universal health care, El Paso Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, running for the US Senate seat held by Houston Republican Ted Cruz, said in Denton on Saturday that Texas can lead the way in reduction of fossil fuel use….

Weidman Acting RRC Pipeline Safety Director: Report

September 14, 2018


The Texas Railroad Commission has named Stephanie Weidman acting director of the agency’s Pipeline Safety Division, effective as of September 1, 2018.

Weidman, who has been with the commission since 2010, will also serve in a dual role and continue in her position as Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) program director for the commission’s Oversight and Safety Division.

Her job responsibilities included leading inspections, reviewing plans of correction and meeting with pipeline operators.

— from the TIPRO Target, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association‘s bi-weekly newsletter. See it here.


Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Comments on EPA’s Proposed Changes to Regulation of Methane Leaks: News Release

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (TAEP) supports the EPA’s efforts to review and repair the over reaching federal regulation on methane leaks in the oil patch said John Tintera, President of TAEP. We support Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s efforts to “alleviate unnecessary and duplicative red tape,” and reduce compliance costs for the oil and gas industry.


Tintera, a veteran of multiple pollution remediation and emergency responses, noted that “methane is natural gas, virtually the same gas that we cook and heat our homes with every day. It is a very common gas emitted by wetlands and livestock. It is a by-product of life itself.”


While all agree that oil field methane leaks should be detected and fixed, the heavy handed federal regulations were punitive, costly, and decidedly unfair to the small independent producer. The inclusion of stripper wells with marginal gas production and very low volumes and pressures are one example of this unfair federal regulatory scheme put in place over the objections of the Alliance and other industry groups.


Natural Gas Becomes Largest Sources Of Electricity Generation

By Alex Mills


Natural gas has become the major generator of electricity in the U.S. during the past 10 years.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that natural gas became the largest source of electricity in the U.S. in 2016 for the first time. Natural gas generated 1,378,307,000 megawatts compared to 1,239,149,000 for coal. During the past 10 years, natural gas has increased 69 percent compared to a 38 percent decline for coal.

“For the United States as a whole, natural gas provided 32 percent of total electricity generation in 2017, slightly higher than coal’s 30 percent share,” EIA stated in its report issued Sept. 10.

However, coal remains the dominant energy source in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, compared to 16 states using natural gas, primarily southern states and California. Nine other states obtain their electricity primarily from nuclear plants and six states use hydroelectric. Hawaii is the only state that gets a majority of its electricity from petroleum….