Top Texas RRC Executive Abruptly Resigns
According to an article by the Abilene Reporter-News, the chief oil and gas regulator resigned rather abruptly, exposing that all is not so well within the Texas agency. One Republican leader has even gone so far as to say that the chairwoman of the agency is running a "dictatorship".
The prior Shell Oil exec, Kimberly Corley, put in her resignation on Thursday as executive director of the Texas Railroad Commission. She held the executive position since 2016 and was widely praised as the choice to fill the role by people within Texas' oil and gas industry. She has not made any announcements as to what has so suddenly prompted her resignation.
"The agency needed to move in a different direction under the leadership of the Commissioners," said Republican Christi Craddick, the commission's chairwoman.
But Corley's sudden ouster became apparent earlier this week when a public meeting of the agency's governing board grew heated. Republican Commissioner Ryan Sitton accused Craddick of unilaterally forcing a change in leadership — at one point telling Craddick that "this isn't a dictatorship."
Sitton has also asked the office of Texas Attorney Ken Paxton his opinion on whether or not Craddick has violated the open meeting laws or has abused her authority with the handling of this situation. Craddick has basically accused Sitton of abusing his office to create political gain from the situation.
Having long been criticized because of a lack of transparency, this newest feud has brought more attention to the fact that lawmakers are pumping more money into an agency that has typically relied on industry fees.
Drama in the Capitol
Apparently nowhere is safe within the oil and gas industries. All jokes aside, it is definitely more dangerous to be on the floor of an oil derrick than on the floor of the capitol building. So many people are harmed in the oil and gas process. From extraction to distribution, there seems to be a lot of people who are either seriously harmed or killed while working to get gasoline to the masses. Sometimes, the accident might be the fault of the worker who was instructed properly, yet disobeys safety rules and other times, the accident can simply be a fault of machinery or an act of nature. From poisonous gas pockets to defective tools, people can be harmed through no fault of their own. If you have been injured while working in the oilfields, you may want to speak to a lawyer.
In the event of an accident on the job, you may find yourself in a situation where you could use some legal help in sorting out your affairs. The Galbreath Law Firm is dedicated to helping West Texans to get a fair settlement when they have been harmed by other's negligent or careless actions. Contact us to speak to a someone about your accident. The first consultation is free and we can go over the details of your potential case at no risk to you.