The Wise Report

The Wise Report Henry M. Wise, P.G.
March 9, 2007
The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) announces the appointment of four new members of the Board.  Gregory Clayton Ulmer of Houston has been appointed for a term to expire February 1, 2011.  Mr. Ulmer is replacing Kimberly Phillips of Houston who resigned.  Charles Thomas Hallmark of Hearne has been appointed for a term to expire February 1, 2013.  Mr Hallmark is replacing Murray Milford of Bryan whose term expired.  Barbara O. Roeling of Austin has been appointed for a term to expire February 1, 2013.  Ms. Roeling is replacing Shiela Burnette Hall of Lubbock whose term expired.  Ronald L. Kitchens of Harper has been appointed for a term to expire February 1, 2013.  Mr. Kitchens is replacing Danny Perkins of Houston whose term expired.

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) adopts new §2.1, relating to Informal Complaint Procedure, in new Chapter 2, entitled Informal Complaint Procedure, of Title 16 of the Texas Administrative Code, with changes to the proposed version published in the October 27, 2006, issue of the Texas Register (31 TexReg 8811).
Through a rider to the 2006 - 2007 appropriations bill, the Texas Legislature required the RRC to conduct a study that examines and determines the extent to which viable competition exists in the Texas natural gas pipeline industry from wellhead to burner tip. The study was required to recommend solutions to bring market competition to any non-competitive segments of the industry. The study was also required to include an assessment of the effectiveness of current laws, regulations, enforcement and oversight in addressing abuses of pipeline monopoly power and make recommendations for changes that may be necessary. In addition, the study was to include a comparative review of competition in the Texas interstate pipeline industry administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The RRC was required to submit a report of its findings to the Legislative Budget Board and the Governor on or before November 1, 2006, and did so.   For more information go to:
Henry M. Wise, P.G.
The Wise Report

Henry M. Wise
Friday, March 9, 2007
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