Railroad Commissioner Sitton Discusses Energy Education at Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

August 18, 2016

PASADENA, TX —  Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton gave the keynote address at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon, hosted in Pasadena on Aug. 18. Sitton discussed the state of the Texas energy industry and his work at the Railroad Commission on behalf of all Texans.

“It’s important that Texans understand how their energy is produced and what impact the industry has on our state,” Sitton said. “In our daily lives, oil and gas can be found in everything from our gas tanks to our computers. Its reach is unparalleled.” 

Oil and gas make up 40 percent of the Texas economy and is responsible for nearly 400,000 jobs. In 2015, the industry paid $13.8 billion in taxes, funding our state’s infrastructure, public schools and highways.

Elected to the Railroad Commission Nov. 4, 2014 to a six-year term, Commissioner Ryan Sitton won the general election with over 58 percent of the vote.Ryan Sitton is one of the world’s leading energy experts. He is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years. A native Texan who grew up in the Irving area, Sitton is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his wife, Jennifer. In 2006, Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. As Railroad Commissioner, Ryan is working to make the Commission more efficient and effective so Texas can lead America to energy independence.

About the Railroad Commission:
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.