He estimated that only 1 of 10 Texans knows the commission’s main function, and that it has nothing to do with railroads, despite elections every two years to fill one of its three statewide positions. The Railroad Commission’s main task is to regulate oil and gas operations . It has been one of the most powerful offices in Texas for 100 years, since a mammoth oil boom put the state on the economic map. Mr. Sitton said it’s time to rebrand. Other state officials are reluctant, saying the name is a throwback to the original days of the oil boom. Numerous bills put forth in the Texas legislature to change the name to accurately reflect the agency’s duties have failed. A gusher “It’s a historical name. It has a lot of meaning across the world,” said Lauren Spreen, director of public affairs for Commissioner Christi Craddick, who is chairman […]