Texas Railroad Commissioners Choose New Executive Director

AUSTIN –– Today, the Commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission appointed Milton Rister as the new executive director for Texas’ top energy regulatory agency. His first day of employment will be October 1st, 2012.

Rister is from Gov. Rick Perry’s office. He has served as Director for Administration since 2010. Before serving in the Governor’s Office, Rister worked as Executive Director for the Texas Legislative Council from 2006 to 2009. Rister also served as a senior advisor for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in 2005.

Source: Texas Railroad Commission: http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/pressreleases/2012/091112a.php

About the Railroad Commission

Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including more than 90 years regulating the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the Commission promotes research and education on the use of alternative fuels and has jurisdiction over gas utility, surface mining and pipeline industries. Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans.

What the Railroad Commission has jurisdiction over and who to contact

The Railroad Commission regulates the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in Texas.  The Commission’s primary responsibilities include: preventing waste of oil and gas resources; protection of surface and subsurface water; and, ensuring all mineral interest owners have an opportunity to develop their fair share of the minerals underlying their property.  

The RRC has provided an information page containing links to city, county, state, and federal governments within the Eagle Ford area.