Pollution from the energy sector has impacted soil, contaminated water resources and killed wildlife while the state resists new regulations.
Texas Railroad Commission
One company, Targa Resources, vented more than 500,000 pounds of toxins into the air during 17 reported events over a week-long period of extreme heat.
Despite its vital role regulating oil and gas companies, the Railroad Commission has long operated in the shadows. Thanks to a provocative TikTok, and the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri, the agency is having its moment.
The Texas Railroad Commission’s about-face on natural gas flaring can be partially linked to pressure from European companies concerned about Texas’ dirty gas.
Newly elected commissioner Jim Wright will be one of three people in charge of regulating the state’s oil and gas industry. He doesn’t believe that flaring contributes to climate change.
A South Texas businessman and political newcomer, Wright has criticized commissioners for accepting donations from the same industry they regulate.
A New Study Shows that the Oil and Gas Industry is Wasting a Shocking Quantity of Natural Gas in Texas
Frackers are burning millions of dollars worth of natural gas — releasing hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air, worsening climate change and creating health risks.
Lowlights include failing to track chemical spills during floods and rejecting the link between earthquakes and fracking.