Sept. 18 — The Texas Legislature began holding hearings calling in leaders of the three regulatory agencies to testify. Laws were passed, and the regulatory agencies are proposing new regulations and rules. The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the natural gas and oil industry, published this week a proposed rule that requires operators of natural gas wells and facilities to either accept designation as critical status or ask for an exemption. Many gas wells were not designated as critical status during the February storm and electricity to the wells was shut off by the electric provider during the curtailment so that that electricity could be used for facilities designated as critical status.

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