The Oil and Gas Division, which is part of the Railroad Commission of Texas and is based out of Austin, just announced that Lori Wrotenbery would be the new director. The division plays a vital role when it comes to the natural gas and oil industry in Texas. They are responsible for the regulation of many different facets of the industry including exploration, production, and transportation.
Who Is Lori Wrotenbery?
Why did the commission choose Ms. Wrotenbery? She has a great reputation in the field and she worked as the director of administration for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, or the OCC. She was also the director of their gas and oil division. She’s also served as deputy director and assistant director for environmental services in the Railroad Commission of Texas’s Oil and Gas Division.
She’s also been a member of, and president of, the Ground Water Protection Council. She was one of the founders of the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, also known as STRONGER.
Everyone feels that she’s a strong choice for the role, and that she should be able to balance the needs of the state and the environment with the businesses in the state. Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick said, “Her knowledge and many years of experience will ensure that the commission continues to protect the people and natural resources of our state, while maintaining a regulatory environment that fosters economic growth and prosperity for all Texans.
What Is the Goal of the Oil and Gas Division?
What does the division really do and what are their goals? They want to stop waste of natural resources and to ensure that companies that are engaging in drilling activities are doing so according to their guidelines and regulations. This helps to ensure safety at every level of the process from exploring to transporting. They want to ensure that the rights of mineral interest owners are protected. Naturally, they also want to cut down on the amount of pollution in the state. They conduct tests and field inspections, and make it a point to monitor activities in the field of oil and natural gas.
While some oil companies may see things slightly different from one another, they really have a symbiotic relationship. Each relies on the other to exist. The appointment of a new director is good news for the division, the oil companies, and everyone in the state of Texas.
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