Response to the Staff Report for the Sunset Review of theRailroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Submitted by the Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance (WCGPCA): A community group affiliated with the Westchester Association of Homeowners, Grand Prairie, Texas. (December 19, 2012)
WCGPCA Written Response to the Staff Report (RRC Sunset Review) Page 1
Issue 1: Item 1:
DO NOT SUPPORT the recommended name change to theTexas Energy Resources Commission (TERC).
This name change will NOT reflect the main focal point of this agency ~
regulation of theoil and gas industry
. It will also be easily confused with the TexasCommission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). We believe it is way pasttime to have total
for the work of this agency
Oil and Gas Commission of Texas
Even though we understand that wind energy and otherrenewable energies are now being included in the regulatory work of thisagency, we DO NOT believe the MAIN FOCUS of this group is renewable orsustainable energy now or for the next 10 years.
There has been toomuch build-out of the new unconventional drilling practices inour communities in the past 10 years. For now
, we believe a namechange that continues to confuse the citizens of Texas (who may findthemselves dealing with shale gas and oil extraction and production at their back doors)
Citizens of Texas deserve completetransparency for the immediate future.
The Oil and Gas Commission of Texas
will need to continue to overseeissues that will only multiply with unconventional oil and gas developmentin our state.