November 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORT WORTH, TX — Citing his leadership on several issues of importance to the oil and gas industry, the Texas Alliance of Energy producers and the Joint Association Education Initiative, a cooperative organization between leading oil & gas associations across the state of Texas, last week honored State Senator Craig Estes (R- Wichita Falls) with the Industry Champion Award at the annual Texas Alliance Board of Directors Meeting and Luncheon in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bob Osborne, Chairman of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, said regarding Estes’s award and achievements:
“Senator Craig Estes is truly deserving of the Texas Legislative Champion Award for 2017. After serving many terms as a member and vice-chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senator Estes’s leadership shone as Chairman of the Committee throughout the 85th Legislative Session. His work on many legislative issues was exemplary but none more so than the passage of the RRC Sunset bill which provides a continuation of a stable oil and gas Texas regulator for 12 more years. After 3 sessions of failed attempts over eight years, Senator Estes led his Committee and the Senate to an almost unanimous approval of this important Legislation.”
John Tintera, President of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, added:
“The Alliance also commends Senator Estes for his foresight in authoring and passing SCR 26, also known as the Federal Regulatory Energy Delegation (FRED) Resolution, which fosters and reinforces the concept of cooperative federalism in returning energy regulation to Texas – thus lessening federal overreach.”
Senator Estes said:
“Oil and gas employs hundreds of thousands of hardworking Texans and is key to our great state’s continued economic success. Making sure the Legislature recognizes and protects those contributions to Texas is a job I take very seriously, so I am thankful for the recognition and am energized to continue our work as Texas’s very bright future in this industry unfolds.”
Senator Estes serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development, which has primary oversight of the oil and gas industry, including matters related to the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Texas Alliance of Energy producers represents more than 2,500 independent oil and gas producers in Texas. It has offices in Austin, Houston, and Wichita Falls. For print-quality pictures of Estes at the Award Ceremony, please send an email to ErinH@TexasAlliance.org.