Railroad Commission's Media Policy Draws Concerns

A recent news report on the Railroad Commission of Texas' practice of preventing staffers from talking to members of the media has raised questions about the agency's transparency efforts, with a key Republican lawmaker and a Democratic candidate for railroad commissioner among those expressing concerns.

The Associated Press this week reported that Milton Rister, the agency’s executive director, has vetoed all media requests to interview staff members since he took the helm in October 2012. The practice is a rarity among Texas agencies.

State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee, and Steve Brown ...

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