Agency wants new name
The Texas Railroad Commission, which has had nothing to do with Texas railroads since 2005, wants the Texas Legislature to give it a new name.
“We’ve been called, unquestionably, the worst-named agency in Texas. I agree,” commission Chairman Victor Carrillo told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The commission, which mainly regulates oil and gas production and transmission, is pushing for lawmakers to rename it the Texas Energy Commission.
Efforts over the past five years to rename the commission have stalled in the House Energy Resources Committee. According to Carrillo, the main stumbling block has been state Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland, the former Texas House speaker and a fellow Republican. Craddick declined to comment. Other opponents have cited the $100,000 cost of changing the name, and some also have said they want to retain the name in homage to the heritage of the 102-yearold agency.