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Railroad Commission Names Gil Bujano Director of the Commissionís Oil & Gas Division

AUSTIN –– The Texas Railroad Commission—Texas’ top energy regulator— has named Gil Bujano as the Director of the Commission’s Oil and Gas Division.

Bujano has been serving as the Acting Oil and Gas Division Director since March 2012 and is a 28-year veteran of the Commission. He began his employment at the Commission in 1984 at the San Antonio Railroad Commission District Office and also has worked in the Abilene, Pampa and Houston Commission district offices. After serving as assistant director in the Houston district office, Bujano transferred to Austin in June 2009 to supervise the Commission’s technical permitting unit. In August 2010, Bujano was promoted to deputy director of the Oil and Gas Division. Bujano earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983.

Chairman Barry T. Smitherman said, “I congratulate Gil on this well-earned promotion. By working for the Commission for almost three decades, his well-versed knowledge of not only the Commission, but also the state’s oil and gas industry will be invaluable as we enter this new, exciting phase of growing U.S. energy production.”

Commissioner David Porter said, “Gil is a hard-working leader and is the right person to lead our agency’s largest division, which regulates our state’s oil and gas production by ensuring that Texans can safely produce their vital domestic energy resources while protecting the environment.”

Commissioner Buddy Garcia said, “Gil has been a dedicated, life-long public servant who has carried out the Railroad Commission’s mission of sensible environmental regulation balanced with efficient oil and gas production, and this is a well-deserved appointment.”

About the Railroad Commission

Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including more than 90 years regulating the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the Commission promotes research and education on the use of alternative fuels and has jurisdiction over gas utility, surface mining and pipeline industries. Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/.