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Texas energy regulator defends ‘perfect record’ after federal probeEnergy WireMedia Coverage

EPA is investigating Railroad Commission oversight of oil industry disposal wells.

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By Shelby Webb
June 26, 2024

Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian. @ChristianForTX/Twitter

From the article:

At an open meeting on Tuesday, Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian launched into a defense of the regulator’s record of monitoring so-called Class II injection wells.

“You’re saying we don’t do a good job of doing it after the EPA has commended us for a perfect record?” Christian said in response to an advocacy group pushing for closer oversight of Texas oil and gas. “That’s what I don’t understand.”

EPA has not commended the Texas Railroad Commission for being a stellar regulator of the oil and gas industry. Instead, EPA is launching a review into Texas’ oversight of injection wells, including for carbon sequestration — an investigation that could affect the state’s hopes of getting primary jurisdiction over carbon storage.

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