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Railroad Commissioner

6-year term. Must be at least 25 years old, a Texas resident, and a registered voter. Regulates the energy industry, including preventing pollution, well plugging and site remediation, pipeline safety and damage prevention, surface mining of coal and uranium, gas utility rates, and alternative fuels.Período de 6 años. Debe tener por lo menos 25 años de edad, ser residente de Texas y ser un votante registrado. Regula la industria energética, incluyendo la prevención de la contaminación, así como el sellado de pozos y la rehabilitación de sitios, la seguridad de las tuberías y la prevención de daños, la minería a cielo abierto de carbón y uranio, las tarifas de servicios públicos de gas y los combustibles alternativos
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    Christi Craddick (Rep) Railroad Commissioner

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    Weston Martinez (Rep) VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEXAS LAW FIRM TEXAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSIONER 2010-2017 OIL & GAS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE, POLITICAL STRATEGIST/ANALYST; LEAD TELECOM OSPE DESIGN ENGINEER

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    Roman McAllen (Dem) Historic Preservation Officer

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Stewardship: How do you plan to balance oil, gas, and mining interests with protection of natural resources and the environment?

Responsibilities: Which reform(s) suggested by the 2016 Sunset Review Commission are your highest priority, and how do you plan on implementing them?

What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

Campaign Phone (512) 271-4782
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Education The University of Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Plan II – Liberal Arts Honors Program; The University of Texas Law School, Doctor of Jurisprudence
My first five years in office, my focus has been finding efficiencies in our processes and overhauling our information technology infrastructure. These accomplishments allow us to do our job better, saving time and money for taxpayers and industry.
I take seriously my duty to protect our natural resources while industry creates jobs. Strong, fair, consistent regulation ensures a safe environment and economic growth. During my time at the Railroad Commission, we have updated our rules to ensure the industry continues to do business in Texas, and at the same time, we have kept our communities and environment clean.
Through the Sunset review process, the Railroad Commission has had considerable discussion about bettering its functions. We are more efficient today because of these efforts. One important reform, we are making improvements to our oil and gas monitoring and enforcement program, and oversight of Texas’ pipeline infrastructure.
I’ll continue to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness; defend our state’s regulatory authority over energy development; increase transparency, bringing more agency data online; support streamlined permitting for infrastructure, ensuring safe transport of our energy resources; and, advocate for educational paths for a highly-trained, technically-skilled workforce.
Campaign Phone (210) 816-2018
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Twitter @WestonMartinez
Education BACHELORS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TEXAS CERITFIED MEDIATOR AT&T ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM
Trusted Conservative Leader Texas Real Estate Commissioner 6+ years Real oil and gas experience owning my own companies. Weston is the only candidate in this race who endorsed Ted Cruz in the primary and Trump in the general when facing Clinton.
We're going to support oil and gas producers who responsibly produce energy in our state and we're going to make it easier for them to do business, but we will always reprimand bad actors.
Renaming the agency from the Railroad commission to a proper name as its members indicated April 29th of 2016. visit www.westofortexas.com for more in depth information.
Protect land owners and business owners and stop running commission like a dictatorship. For land owners we must always focus on making changes at the commission that better protect private property rights while still encouraging oil and gas development. How we deal with allocation wells
Campaign Phone (713) 384-5233
Twitter @RomanMcAllen
Education University of Houston Downtown, Bachelor of Business Administration; University of Texas Austin, Master of Architecture
I am trained as an urban planner, architect and historic preservationist; at first glance regulating the oil and gas industry in TX doesn't seem like a good fit. The fact is that 88% of Texans live in cities. Oil & gas directly impacts urban life.
Right now I plan to balance the commission. The current commission is entirely beholden to the industry. It is an open secret that commissioners accept campaign contributions 24/7, 365 days a year, from the industry. I will balance the commission by listening to and believing scientists, surface rights owners & municipalities and supporting them.
I would lobby to change the name of the commission to something that tells the public, & the commissioners themselves, what the commission is supposed to be doing. I would seek increased reporting requirements for wastewater injection wells. These wells are causing earthquakes and I believe polluting our water. This to me is immoral and unjust. Texans cannot afford it.
Assiduous enforcement of existing regulations on all matters is crucial. Added costs to accomplish this can and should be absorbed by the industry. The health, safety, and welfare of all Texans here now, and God willing in the future, depends on this commission to do the right thing and it cannot do so as long as it continues to pander to the industry.
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