Dec 4

Statement by Railroad Commission Chairman Smitherman on Today’s Rule Amendment Adoption Allowing Indoor Residential Natural Gas Vehicle Refueling

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AUSTIN, TX (Dec. 4, 2012) – The Railroad Commission—the state’s chief energy regulator— today adopted an amendment to existing regulations to facilitate the installation of residential natural gas refueling inside a garage or building, with certain specific safety requirements.  This amendment removes unnecessary regulatory hurdles to help increase the public’s use of natural gas-powered vehicles.

“Thanks to technological advancements like hydraulic fracturing, our state and nation are enjoying an abundance of inexpensive natural gas,” said Chairman Barry Smitherman. “In fact, Texas is experiencing an unprecedented rate of natural gas production at some 7.2 trillion cubic feet a year. This domestic natural resource will make it easier for Texans to use natural gas as a transportation fuel and will help move us closer to energy independence as a nation.”


Chairman Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas in July 2011, and was elected Chairman in February 2012. Chairman Smitherman currently serves as Texas’ representative on both the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Southern States Energy Board, and as Vice Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Gas Committee. He is on the Visiting Committee of the Bureau of Economic Geology with the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas School of Law Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law, and the Eanes Education Foundation Advisory Board.