2017S0289-1 02/21/17
  By: Estes S.C.R. No. 26
         WHEREAS, The Texas Legislature recognizes that this period in
  our nation's history represents an opportunity for Texas to work
  with the leadership of the federal government to transcend partisan
  politics and correct misuses of federal regulatory power that have
  threatened the Texas oil and gas industry, the jobs it creates, and
  the economy of the state; and
         WHEREAS, Texas oil and gas fields have provided a pathway
  toward American energy independence from foreign powers, have
  afforded financial security to hundreds of thousands of individuals
  in Texas, and have delivered safe and reliable energy to fuel our
  nation's economy; and
         WHEREAS, During the past eight years, the federal government
  has promulgated regulations that jeopardize the productivity of the
  oil and gas fields of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, New federal regulations have been proposed and
  implemented despite the protests of Texas and many other oil and gas
  producing states, resulting in overregulation that prioritizes
  minor environmental gains over major productive losses; and
         WHEREAS, The State of Texas has joined many other oil and gas
  producing states to file more than 20 lawsuits against federal
  overreach; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the executive branch and the Congress of
  the United States to work in conjunction with the State of Texas to
  identify federal regulations promulgated during the last eight
  years, especially those promulgated under the authority of the
  United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States
  Department of the Interior, and the United States Department of
  Energy, and determine whether they should be revised, delegated to
  state agencies, or eliminated in order to ease the overly
  burdensome regulatory patchwork on the oil and gas industry in
  Texas; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the
  members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that
  this resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.