Staples: Texas Oil and Natural Gas: Powering Economic and Environmental Progress


Note: This column originally appeared in the Rio Grande Guardian here.

February 3, 2021

It would be hard to overstate how much changed in 2020.

The global pandemic tested our resolve, forced lightning-speed adaptation in nearly every aspect of life, and the topic of energy catapulted to the top of political conversations.

However, one thing did not change in 2020 and should be more evident than ever: Oil and natural gas are essential and irreplaceable….

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Suspending Federal Oil and Natural Gas Leasing and Permitting will Threaten Jobs and Environmental Progress


January 22, 2021

AUSTIN-Under the new Biden Administration, the Acting Interior Secretary has signed a 60-day Temporary Suspension of Delegated Authority that, among other things, suspends the issuance of federal onshore and offshore oil and natural gas leasing permits. Should this action become permanent, it would be devastating to jobs, communities and economies nationwide and would set back tremendous environmental progress, according to the Texas Oil &…

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TXOGA Statement on EPA Approval of the State of Texas’ Request for NPDES Program Authorization


January 15, 2021

The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association:

“The EPA’s approval of the State of Texas’ request for NPDES program authorization will allow the Texas oil and natural gas industry to continue to innovate and find new ways to treat wastewater for recycle and use beyond the oil field. TCEQ has the experience and dedicated resources in Texas to be in the best position to monitor and ensure compliance of oil and natural gas discharges with federal and state permit requirements….

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