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http://www.energylandscapes.net/photo/golden-hour/ Oil and gas practitioners rejoice! The Texas Legislature has finally passed HB 1818 which effectively extends the life of the Railroad Commission through September 1, 2029. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature or veto. The legislation will become law within 10 days if the Governor chooses not to…

The Singing Christians/Mercy River Boys (Wayne Christian, far right) Former State Representative and Grammy finalist country musician Wayne Christian took the oath of office January 9, 2017 to become Texas’ newest Railroad Commissioner. Christian vowed to protect the industry and reduce burdensome regulations and will work along side Chairman Christi Craddick and former primary foe…

Originally published in the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association January 2017 Newsletter As a quick review, an allocation well is a well drilled across multiple leases, held by a common lessee, without pooling authority. The Texas Railroad Commission has determined that an applicant for a permit to drill a well across lease lines does not need…

Donate No surprise to this Midlander, Christi Craddick has been elected Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. Craddick, a Midland native and oil, gas and natural resources attorney, plans to pursue the following initiatives: Meetings with Texas operators to outline a five-year plan that will allow us to better understand where the industry is headed…

Recent Earthquakes in Oklahoma Residents of Pawnee, Oklahoma got a rude awakening 7:02 a. m. Saturday morning (9/3/16) as a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the area. Fortunately, there are no reports of any injuries or deaths and property damage was minimal. A historical building, however, did shed a layer of limestone, but it is unknown…

A Rose By Any Other Name: Sunset Commission Revisits Railroad Commission The Texas Railroad Commission is again up front and center at the Sunset Advisory Commission. As you may recall, the Sunset Commission published a list of recommended changes back in April of 2016, which included the following: Continue the Railroad Commission for 12 years with…

Donate Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick announced details of her Oilfield Relief Initiative at the August 9, 2016 meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission. The initiative seeks to streamline administrative procedures in order to reduce the cost of government regulation of the oil and gas industry while avoiding weakening public and environmental protections, correlative rights, or…