Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton Wants You to Know He’s an Environmentalist

Posted on: Apr 20 2017 by Abner Fletcher

Earth Day is Saturday (April 22, 2017), and Ryan Sitton of Friendswood, one of the state’s three Rail Road Commissioners, wants you to know he’s “a huge environmentalist.” Upon his election to the RRC in 2014, the conservative Republican became the first engineer to serve on the commission in 50 years.

The RRC regulates the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipelines, and surface coal mining — among other duties. The agency conducts thousands of inspections of oil wells every year, and — despite its name — it no longer regulates railroads.

Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Commissioner Sitton about what he sees as the RRC’s role, how he defines environmentalism and what his hopes are for the future of the agency. And we welcome your questions, too.