TXOGA Statement in Support of Legislation Protecting Energy Choice

AUSTIN – Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) today issued the following statement in support of SB 1017 filed by Senator Brian Birdwell and HB 2374 filed by Representative Brooks Landgraf:

“Oil and natural gas are irreplaceable in making our modern lives not only possible, but undeniably better,” said Staples. “Misguided attempts to ban the use of particular types of engines or even specific fuel sources only serve to disrupt the lives of consumers and business owners who rely on affordable, reliable energy sources. TXOGA thanks Senator Birdwell and Representative Landgraf for filing this important legislation and we look forward to our continued work with the Legislature to protect energy choice.”

This legislation would protect energy choice by preventing political subdivisions from adopting or enforcing ordinances, orders, regulations, or similar measures which would limit access to specific fuel sources or prohibit the sale of engines based on their fuel source.

“Oil and natural gas are an essential part of meeting the energy needs of both our state and nation,” said Senator Birdwell. “California style restrictions on engines or fuel sources that limit consumers and business owners from being able to access the energy sources they need have no place in Texas.”

“As Texans, we are deeply aware of the importance of oil and natural gas in our lives,” said Representative Landgraf. “This legislation will ensure that Texans are free to make their own choices without interference from government, and I am proud to fight to protect energy choice.”


Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.

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