Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Under Fire for Possible Violations of State Law
Very few people in Texas, let alone the United States, understand what the Texas Railroad Commission does. In spite of its name, it has nothing to do with railroads. It is the powerful oil and gas regulatory body that oversees energy production in the largest oil and gas state in the country. And its chairman, Christi Craddick, appears to be going rogue. The Texas Railroad Commission is led by three statewide elected commissioners. Craddick is the chairman, and Ryan Sitton and Wayne Christian are the other two commissioners. The chairman has no special authority or power; all three commissioners are supposed to have equal responsibility for running the agency.
Hey, Texplainer: Did the chairwoman of the Texas Railroad Commission terminate the agency’s executive director?
In ameeting last month, Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton and the board’s chairwoman, Christi Craddick, sparred over the fate of the agency’s executive director, Kimberly Corley, a spat that spurred questions about decision-making and transparency within the state agency.