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Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance Response to the Sunset Review Staff Report (December 19, 2012)

Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance Response to the Sunset Review Staff Report (December 19, 2012)

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Interested citizens of Texas were given the opportunity to respond to the Staff Report of the Sunset Commission's Review of the Railroad Commission of Texas. This document was e-mailed to the Sunset Review Commissioners during the Public Hearing on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Austin, TX.
Interested citizens of Texas were given the opportunity to respond to the Staff Report of the Sunset Commission's Review of the Railroad Commission of Texas. This document was e-mailed to the Sunset Review Commissioners during the Public Hearing on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Austin, TX.

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Response to the Staff Report for the Sunset Review of theRailroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Submitted by the Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance (WCGPCA): 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:
 We
 
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
TRANSPARENCY 
for the work of this agency 
 withoutconfusion.
 
RECOMMENDATION:
Oil and Gas Commission of Texas
Explanation:
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)
The
 
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.
 
Response to the Staff Report for the Sunset Review of theRailroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Submitted by the Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance (WCGPCA): 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 2
Issue 1: Item 2:
 We agree with this recommendation.
Issue 1: Item 3:
Please strike
knowingly 
from the language for thisrecommended change. It is an
URGENT
matter.
Issue 1: Item 4:
 We agree with this recommendation.
Issue 1: Item 5:
 We agree with this recommendation.**************
Issue 2:
 We agree with this recommendation.
Issue 3:
 We agree with this recommendation. It is an
URGENT
matter.
Issue 4:
 We agree with this recommendation. It is an
URGENT
matter.
 
Response to the Staff Report for the Sunset Review of theRailroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Submitted by the Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance (WCGPCA): 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 3
Issue 5:
 We agree with this recommendation.
Issue 6:
 We agree with this recommendation. It is an
URGENT
matter.
Issue 7: We ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED and Troubled by the Staff Recommendations for this Issue. We are appalled that there isno mention of the Statewide Rule 37 Spacing Exception in therecommendation. This is NOT Forced Pooling. In fact, therehave been VERY FEW cases of Forced Pooling with regard to theproperty takings in North Texas and the so-called Barnett Shalearea(s). The impacts of the Rule 37 Spacing Exception have beenimmense in terms of the Railroad Commission
s authorizingshale gas operators to simply 
take
homeowners
mineralproperty without compensation. Even when a Protest is filed,the process is confusing for the uninformed and daunting for thefairly informed. We know of only one (1) case that has been won by a property owner in the so-called Barnett Shale. Our STATEhas
framed
this as the focal point of the MISSION of 
not wasting minerals.
We believe this issue DESERVES new legislation. It is simply wrong for so many reasons.Issue 8:
 We agree with this recommendation.

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