TXOGA Release: EPA’s Latest Ozone Standard Change to Hurt Texans, Economy


October 1, 2015

AUSTIN – Even as ozone levels drop dramatically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has once again lowered the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone to a level that is virtually impossible for parts of Texas to achieve without severely hampering local economic development, according to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA).

“Ozone levels in Texas are dropping significantly while our state’s population has skyrocketed….

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September 23, 2015

AUSTIN – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a series of new rules that are out of touch with Texas programs that are dramatically reducing air emissions in the state, even as oil and natural gas production levels soar, according to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA). TXOGA will testify today at a public hearing related to proposed EPA rules in Dallas,…

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House Bill 40

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September 9, 2015

What exactly does House Bill 40 do?

House bill 40 provides cities with authority to reasonably regulate aboveground activity related to oil and natural gas operations like setbacks from other structures, traffic and noise. House Bill 40 affirms that regulation of oil and natural gas operations like fracking and production is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the state.

Why does Texas need House Bill 40?…

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Staples: State’s Energy Producers Positively Impact, Contribute to Texas Students


August 28, 2015

As Texas public school hallways are again filled with elementary, secondary and college students returning to campus this month, it’s fair to say that Texas energy producers are fueling their education.

How so?

Oil and gas industry dollars — state royalties received are about $1.3 billion each year — are paid into our state’s Permanent School Fund and Permanent University Fund….

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Staples: Fuel Supply a Key Component to Storm Preparation and Recovery


July 23, 2015

A wet spring gave way to even more rain with late May floods, just as Texas summer hit its stride. Tropical Storm Bill, with its powerful punch of rain and flooding across our state, was an unmistakable signal that hurricane season is very much underway.

We’re just one month into the 2015 hurricane season, and if weather predictions are accurate, we can expect fewer storms this year….

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Staples: Texas state policies help grow jobs here


June 14, 2015

Texas is a global leader and the world is watching to see how the Texas economy works, especially our energy sector.

Some are watching to see how they can to emulate our state’s success in achieving robust safety standards, predictable regulation and a thriving economy anchored by oil and natural gas activity. Others are watching to see how they can more effectively compete with Texas,…

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TXOGA: What Texas’ energy sector, insurers can teach us about workplace safety


June 8, 2015

Workplace safety — and getting workers back on the job after injuries — can and should be part of every employer’s company culture. In fact, employers who encourage safety among workers, actively mitigate accidents and commit to getting injured workers back on the job see a tremendous return on investment.

The Texas oil and gas industry, along with partners like Texas Mutual, are setting a high bar when it comes to promoting workplace safety and advancing “return to work” programs….

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Staples: A smart fix for oil and gas regulation in Texas


April 13, 2015

Safe communities and oil and gas activity have co-existed in Texas for more than 100 years. The productive relationships between communities and oil and gas companies have played a significant role in Texas’ success as an oil and gas state.

Today, that legacy is at risk as some cities adopt arbitrary rules that stop oil and gas development either through an outright ban or by imposing excessive regulations that make production unfeasible….

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Staples: 2014 Texas Oil and Gas Taxes and Royalties Hit $15.7 Billion


March 14, 2015

The oil and gas industry’s economic impact on Texas has reached historic levels.

In 2014, Texas oil and natural gas delivered a record $15.7 billion in state and local taxes and royalties, the highest such collection from the oil and gas industry in Texas history.

Beyond its iconic imagery, the oil and gas industry has a long and continuing legacy of providing billions of dollars in tax revenue each year that directly funds our schools,…

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