Commissioner Ryan Sitton was sworn-in on Jan. 5 as the 49th commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett administered the oath of office to Commissioner Sitton, who was joined by his wife, Jennifer, and their three children. The ceremony took place at the Railroad Commission headquarters in the William B. Travis State Office Building in Austin.
“I look forward to working with Chairman Christi Craddick and Commissioner David Porter as we draw on our unique and diverse experiences to provide a stable regulatory environment that will protect our citizens and our natural resources, while allowing our energy industry to thrive,” Commissioner Sitton said at the ceremony. “To the citizens of the state of Texas, I say that we are here to serve. In that service, we want to do a couple of things. We want to be communicating with you in the language of science, technology and data. We want to make sure when there are questions about how energy is developed, that we are quick to respond and that we provide the applicable resources to answer those questions. We are going to be a service-oriented group, and we want the citizens of Texas to feel confident in that.”
Oil and gas companies are regularly faced with many industry-specific issues to overcome. Such issues, including exploration and drilling, are often complex and intricate processes with many unique challenges to overcome. Data analytics can play a massive part in streamlining some of the most fundamental operations that are involved in the oil and gas industry.