Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 34 of 263
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Interstate Compact Message)
RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS
February 21, 1935.
Hon. Ja,mes V. Allred, Governor of the State of Texas:
Dear Governor Allred:
The Railroad Commission in session today carefully examined and studied
every provision contained in the propsed interstate compact entered into
by the representatives of the oil producing states to conserve oil and gas.
We find that, in our opinion, the compact thoroughly protects the rights
of the State of Texas and that it in effect carries on the conservation policy
of the State of Texas. Every rule and definition set out in the compact
is already in effect in the State of Texas under the statutes of our State or
in the rules and regulations of the Railroad Commission passed pursuant
to those statutes, except Section C, Article 3.
Section C, Article 3, relates to the avoidable escape into the open air,
and the wasteful burning of gas from a natural gas well. In connection
with this particular matter and with particular reference to such permits
as have been issued by the Railroad Commission, under the special conservation
clause in Article 6008 of our statutes at places other than the
Panhandle of Texas, we beg to state that the commission has already held
public hearings, at which time the interested parties after due notice,
were cited to appear and show cause why such permits to strip gas from
natural gas and popping the tail gas into the air should not be canceled.
It is our sincere hope that the Legislature of Texas may see fit to
promptly ratify this splendid compact in which eight other oil producing
states have joined Texas to the end of further conservation of our natural
resources by the prevention of physical waste and to the further end that
Texas may proudly continue to lead the way in conservation and that
these nine states may be banded together with us in the fight we have
been waging against the undue encroachment of Federal power upon the
rights of the respective states.
(Signed) Ernest O. Thompson, Chairman.
(Signed) C. V. Terrell,
(Signed) Lon A. Smith, Commissioners.
February 21, 1935.
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas:
Your attention is respectfully directed to the necessity for immediate
attention to the enormous physical waste of natural gas in Texas fields.
It is reliably reported that in excess of a billion cubic feet of natural gas
is daily wasted by being "blown into the air" in what is commonly known
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Allred, James V. Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939, book, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3899/m1/34/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .