Commissioner Sitton Delivers Keynote Address at Permian Basin Workshop on Securing Oil and Gas Energy Supplies

September 30, 2015

MIDLAND – Commissioner Ryan Sitton today delivered the keynote address at the Texas Department of Homeland Security’s Permian Basin Workshop on oil and gas supply chain resilience.  The workshop focused on clearly defining the industry supply chain, identifying and addressing security and resilience concerns to improve supply chain preparedness and operations.  The event was held at the Midland International Air & Spaceport. 

“Constant planning and preparation to protect the oil and gas supply chain is important to our state and national economies,” Commissioner Sitton told the gathering.  “Texas produces more oil and gas than any other state in the nation, and it has more miles of pipeline than any other state.  The protection of this critical infrastructure is a shared mission among numerous state, federal, and local agencies.  The Railroad Commission is proud to be a partner in securing our vital energy resources,” concluded Sitton.

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. Sitton is a native Texan who grew up in the Irving area. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his wife, Jennifer. Following college, Ryan went to work as an engineer in the energy industry. In 2006 Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries.

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