85R19075 BPG-D
  By: Craddick H.R. No. 1135
         WHEREAS, Members of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association
  are gathering in Austin on March 28, 2017, in connection with their
  legislative day; and
         WHEREAS, In 1961, the association was formed by a group of
  oilmen in West Texas and eastern New Mexico out of concerns over
  increasing federal regulation of their industry; the organization
  has since grown to become the nation's largest regional oil and gas
  association, representing nearly 1,000 members across the country;
  headquartered in Midland, it maintains offices in Austin and in
  Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well; and
         WHEREAS, The PBPA strives to ensure the safe and responsible
  development of oil and gas resources; to that end, it educates
  Permian Basin operators about best practices and encourages the
  adoption of these measures; it advances careful stewardship of the
  region's resources by promoting conservation efforts and
  supporting programs that help operators be good neighbors in the
  communities where they work; moreover, in recent years, the PBPA
  entered into an innovative Dark Skies partnership with The
  University of Texas McDonald Observatory to address light
  pollution; and
         WHEREAS, Since its inception, the PBPA has served as a voice
  for the hardworking men and women in the oil and gas business;
  today, it advocates not only for that industry but also for the
  principles of states' rights, and it has scored a number of
  victories against federal overreach and overregulation; and
         WHEREAS, The Permian Basin Petroleum Association has greatly
  benefited the industry and its members for more than a half century,
  and its contributions are indeed worthy of special recognition;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize March 28, 2017, as Permian Basin
  Petroleum Association Day at the State Capitol and extend to the
  members of the organization sincere best wishes for an enjoyable
  and productive event; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for PBPA as an expression of high regard by the Texas House
  of Representatives.