Austin, TX – State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) was named Texas Oil and Natural Gas “2013 Legislative Champion” by the Texas oil and natural gas industry. On behalf of nine Texas oil and natural gas organizations, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association presented Rep. Isaac with his award recently at a Buda Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
“Representative Isaac is an energy advocate, and this award is a symbol of our appreciation for recognizing that a robust oil and gas sector helps to keep our state economically strong,” said Luke Legate, spokesman for the Statewide Joint Association Education Initiative, which educates the public about the oil and natural gas industry.
The surge in oil and natural gas production happening across Texas is made possible because of advances in technology that allow operators to tap oil and natural gas reserves that were once considered unreachable. In 2012 alone, oil and gas companies contributed over $12 billion in taxes and royalties into state and local treasuries.
Rep. Isaac stated, “Not only is this industry creating jobs and driving economic development, but it is also contributing significantly to the financial health of our state. It is partly because of the success of our energy industry that Texas is leading the nation in job creation. Supporting our thriving domestic oil and gas sector helps us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, while continuing to create jobs here at home. I am honored to have received this award.”
This legislative session, Rep. Isaac also carried important legislation concerning the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. This program helps our state to stay in compliance with federal regulations on air quality and provides incentives to individuals and businesses in certain areas to reduce emissions, encouraging the use of cleaner burning Texas natural gas. In addition to working with industry advocates, his efforts were applauded by environmental groups for his dedication to improving air quality in our state.
For more information about the energy industry in Texas and the Statewide Joint Association Education Initiative, please visit www.oilandnaturalgasintexas.com.