Commissioner Ryan Sitton: Texas is the Key to America's Energy Security

September 22, 2017

AUSTIN — Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today talked with members of the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs — a nonprofit professional development organization for those in the energy industry — about the far-reaching impact of Texas’ natural resources.

“Texas is the key to America’s energy security,” Sitton said.

“In this new energy paradigm, foreign nations are increasingly looking less to OPEC and more to Texas for crude oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons. No where on Earth is there a more dynamic place to produce energy – we not only have the resources, but also the pipelines, ports and regulatory environment that allow us to meet the energy needs of Texas and the world.”

Commissioner Sitton later spoke to the 2017 Railroad Commission and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration joint annual training.

Ryan Sitton was elected to the Railroad Commission in 2014 and is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years. Sitton is one of the world’s leading energy experts and 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, Sitton uses his technical expertise and business experience to make decisions for the state that are based on sound science and employs a fiscally conservative approach to prioritize the agency’s efforts.

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