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House Committee on Energy Resources - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
G.E. 'Buddy' West, Chair
David Farabee, Vice Chair
Myra Crownover, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Frank Corte, Jr.
Joe Crabb
Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles
Charlie Howard
Charges
• Review the effects of universal bonding on the oil and gas industry with respect to the population of oil and gas operators, economic consequences of bonding and whether bonding had had an effect on the number of abandoned wells being placed into the Oil Field Cleanup Fund.
• Examine the feasibility of offering economic incentives to promote the plugging of inactive wells by operators.
• Study the alternatives to increased appropriations to the Railroad Commission, including exploration of potential efficiencies, for administrative functions currently funded by the Oil Field Cleanup Fund.
• Examine technological advancements in the energy industry. Discuss whether creating legislative incentives for the use of these technologies is appropriate.
• Study the efficacy of private litigation and government agency investigation to accomplish remediation of natural resources impacted by historical, and current oil and gas operations.
• Examine the feasibility of additional nuclear generated power in Texas, focusing on supply and demand issues, current state nuclear projects, and possible federal government assistance. (Joint interim charge with Regulated Industries)
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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