Commissioner Sitton Discusses Importance of Responsible Regulation & Energy Production at today’s Oil & Gas Environmental Conference

December 02, 2015

DALLAS – Commissioner Ryan Sitton today discussed the importance of responsible regulation and energy production at an Oil & Gas Environmental Conference. The event was hosted by the Environmental Training Institute of the University of Texas at Arlington. The two-day conference featured presentations by energy regulators from several energy-producing states.

“Texas is leading the way as the United States competes in the global energy race,” Commissioner Sitton told the gathering.  “In spite of a challenging commodities environment, Texas oil and natural gas producers are becoming more efficient and doing their part to produce our abundant energy resources in a manner that protects public safety and our environment.  Our job as regulators is to maintain a predictable and fair regulatory regime so energy producers can effectively do what they do best – responsibly produce energy.  And no one in the world does a better job of responsibly producing energy than our operators in Texas,” 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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