New Law Reforms Eminent Domain to Ensure Essential Infrastructure Can Be Built While Better Protecting Private Property Rights

6-16-2021

June 16, 2021

AUSTIN – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, released the following statement following Governor’s Abbott’s signing of HB 2730 into law:

“Several years of negotiations and commitment from infrastructure industries to address concerns of landowners have resulted in a carefully crafted law that strikes the right balance between protecting private property rights while ensuring the essential infrastructure needed for a growing Texas can continue to be built….

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TXOGA Looks Forward to Continued Work With TexNet On Seismicity With Passage of HB 632 Into Law

6-9-2021

June 9, 2021

AUSTIN – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, issued the following statement following the signing into law of HB 632, which recreates in statute the TexNet Technical Advisory Committee within the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology:

“The Texas oil and natural gas industry looks forward to continuing our collaborative work on seismicity issues with industry peers, TexNet and CISR….

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As the Permian Road Safety Coalition Celebrates its 2 Year Anniversary, Immense Progress is Being Made

6-4-2021

June 4, 2021

By Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association 

Created in Spring 2019, the Permian Road Safety Coalition (PRSC) works to make roads safer and road infrastructure better across the Permian Basin. By convening private sector companies, researchers, agencies, and concerned citizens to collaborate on improving road safety and road infrastructure, the PRSC is leveraging the collective experience, data,…

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TXOGA Applauds Texas Senate on Passage of HB 2730

5-27-2021

May 27, 2021

Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, released the following statement after HB 2730, an eminent domain reform bill, passed the Texas Senate early this morning, sending the bill to the Governor’s desk for his signature into law:

“After many years and multiple legislative sessions working with stakeholders to craft an agreement, we applaud the Texas Legislature for passing an eminent domain reform bill that guarantees private property rights are respected and preserved throughout the eminent domain process while ensuring that essential infrastructure,…

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Todd Staples: Texas must fix the natural-gas-power-generation supply loop to prevent another blackout

5-17-2021

Natural gas producers need electricity to supply fuel to power generators, so they can make that electricity.

May 16, 2021

This op-ed appeared as part of a series published by The Dallas Morning News Opinion section to explore ideas and policies for strengthening electric reliability. The original op-ed can be found here. The full Dallas Morning News series can be found here: Keeping the Lights On….

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TXOGA Applauds Texas House of Representatives on Passage of HB 2730

5-12-2021

May 12, 2021

AUSTIN – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, released the following statement applauding the Texas House of Representatives for passing HB 2730, an eminent domain reform bill which makes significant improvements to the process for property owners while also ensuring the building of critical infrastructure:

“The Texas oil and natural gas industry believes that in Texas, private property rights are paramount….

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Texas Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Sector Continues to Add Jobs

4-27-2021

March saw largest single-month-over-month gain in a decade

April 27, 2021

AUSTIN – For the third consecutive month, the upstream sector of the Texas oil and natural gas industry has added jobs. According to data from the Texas Workforce Commission, the sector added 4,300 jobs in March – the largest single month-over-month gain since the summer of 2011.

 

The upstream sector has added 12,000 jobs since the low point in September 2020,…

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Power Outages Up and Down the Natural Gas Supply Chain Impacted Production and Transportation of Natural Gas During Winter Storm, Analysis Finds

4-22-2021

April 22, 2021

An analysis commissioned by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) reveals that power outages, which originated at power generation units, were the principal factor for natural gas production and transportation reductions or shutdowns during Winter Storm Uri. The analysis, prepared by Enverus, examined the performance of the upstream and midstream sectors of the Texas natural gas industry during the recent winter storm and factors contributing to performance issues and is based on data from ERCOT and the U.S….

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Texas Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Sector Added 2,300 Jobs in February

3-30-2021

March 30, 2021

AUSTIN – The upstream sector of the Texas oil and natural gas industry added 2,300 jobs in February, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission. The sector has added 7,400 jobs since the low point in September 2020, bringing the total upstream employment in Texas to 164,900 jobs – jobs that pay among the highest wages in Texas.

The upstream sector involves oil and natural gas extraction and excludes other industry sectors such as refining,…

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1000+ Texans, 50 Partner Organizations Convene Virtually for Texas Energy Day @ the Capitol

3-24-2021

Speakers and Virtual Exhibits Showcased Texas Oil & Natural Gas Technology, Innovation and Economic Impact

March 24, 2021

AUSTIN – More than one thousand Texans and 50 companies, associations and chambers of commerce convened virtually today for Texas Energy Day @ the Capitol 2021. Participants in the third biennial event heard from state leaders and energy experts and engaged with their lawmakers to share their stories about the importance of the oil and natural gas industry for their families,…

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