The two candidates for Texas Railroad Commissioner met twice this week in very different settings.
Republican David Porter and Democrat Jeff Weems both came to Fort Worth Thursday for a candidate forum in front of 50 energy executives organized by the TCU Energy Institute and the Texas Prosperity Project.
They also both participated in a virtual debate put out by the Texas Tribune.
The two men are vying to replace Commission Victor Carrillo who lost to Porter in the Republican primary.
Star-Telegram reporter Mike Lee was at the Fort Worth forum. From his report:
Porter said he decided to run in hopes of heading off federal regulations that might hurt the industry -- a cap-and-trade plan to regulate carbon dioxide and tighter rules for air pollution. He acknowledged that the Railroad Commission could do more to allay people's concerns about the potential health effects of urban drilling.
Both candidates agreed that the commission needs to take charge of regulating air pollution from oil and gas facilities.
Both oppose federal legislation that would force operators to disclose the chemicals they use for hydraulic fracturing. Instead, they would have operators submit a list of the chemicals to the commission.
For the Fort Worth event, both Weems and Porter filled out questionnaires explaining their views on major oil and gas issues. We've posted both questionnaires on our Barnett Shale blog.