Texas Senate lawmakers on Tuesday approved HB 1818, legislation that reauthorizes the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), the state’s primary oil and natural gas regulator, until 2029. House lawmakers approved the measure in March. The bill does not change the name of the commission -- as many have recommended over the years -- and makes relatively modest changes to its operations. The oil and natural gas industry had supported the bill. Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners President Ed Longanecker testified in support of the bill in the House. HB 1818 is now on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott.
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