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House Committee on Energy Crisis - 63rd R.S. (1973)

Committee Members
Jon P. Newton, Chair
Gib Lewis, Vice Chair
L. Dean Cobb
Milton E. Fox
Joe C. Hanna
Samuel Hudson III
Tom Schieffer
Charges
• Begin immediately a thorough study of the energy crisis and seek possible solutions to this most serious problem.
• Look into, study and report on the following:
(1) The effect and importance of the unitization bill that passed the house this session;
(2) The curtailment of gas supplied by Coastal States to Texas cities and industrial users and the regulatory powers of the Texas Railroad Commission regarding establishment of priorities;
(3) The effect of fuel rationing on our agricultural economy and the establishment of agricultural users as a high priority; and
(4) The development and use of nuclear power as an energy and fuel alternative.

Note:
Appointed by Speaker June 4, 1973, pursuant to HSR 59. (Letter from Price Daniel, Jr., Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, to Mark White, Secretary of State, June 4, 1973. See House Press Memos 1973, L1801.1 P926 1973.)
The first charge comes from HSR 59. The second charge was issued by the Speaker, as reported in a press release issued June 4, 1973. (Press release from Price Daniel, Jr., Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, June 4, 1973. See House Press Memos 1973, L1801.1 P926 1973.)
HSR 257 called for the creation of a special interim committee appointed by the Speaker to study the Coastal States Gas Producing Company Issue. The special committee was never appointed and the issued was assigned to this committee. The charge from HSR 257 reads: To investigate the curtailment of natural gas supplies by Coastal States Gas Producing Company to major municipal power plants and to include in its study the following inquiries: (1) whether the curtailments in recent months have been due to inadequate reserves, bad pipelines, poor maintenance, or some other reason; (2) why the company had failed to inform municipal power plant officials as to the company's reserves, its commitments, and the level of supplies which can be expected in the future; (3) whether the natural gas not being supplied to public power plants according to existing contracts is being sold elsewhere at higher prices; (4) whether, if more profitable contracts are agreed to, the company can guarantee uninterrupted service in the future; and (6) what the role of the legislature and state agencies should be in this and similar matters.

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