Is the Railroad Commission Actually Becoming More Transparent?Dallas Morning NewsMedia Coverage

Agency that oversees the oil and gas industry in Texas is making a small improvement.


By Dallas Morning News Editorial
May 10, 2024

Derricks pump oil at the Spindletop oil field near Beaumont. The first gusher there marked a turning point in the Railroad Commission of Texas’ duties. 

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With the comment period now over, we hope to see the agency go a step further and implement some of this year’s public comments in developing its plan.

For example, Commission Shift noted that the agency’s 2024 plan promised that the Office of Public Engagement would enhance its outreach and education efforts. But contact numbers for the office and its staff couldn’t even be found on the commission’s webpage, it said. Additionally, the watchdog group recommended that the commission offer a virtual option for the public to comment on agenda items during its open meetings.

“A person in West Texas who earns minimum wage should be able to participate in your meetings without having to miss multiple days of work,” the group said in its written comments. That sounds reasonable.


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