Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) is a statewide trade association with approximately 5,000 members representing every facet of the Texas oil and gas industry including small independents and major producers. Collectively, TXOGA members account for over 90 percent of all oil and natural gas produced in Texas, they operate a vast majority of the State’s pipeline mileage and gas processing capacity, and they are responsible for a preponderance of the State’s refining capacity.
Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest group in the State representing petroleum interests and continues to serve as the only organization which embraces all segments of the industry.
There are four focal points for the Association’s activities: Legislation, Regulation, Judicial Affairs, and Public/Industry Affairs. The work of the Association is concentrated in these areas in order that it may be responsive to the ever growing demands made on the industry by state, and local governments and by the general public. Addressing the issues of government regulation and taxation — the two major issues which directly affect the industry’s operations — continues to be the primary objective of TXOGA. To do this the Association turns to its strong member supported committee structure, which mobilizes industry representatives with expertise in various fields to deal with specific problems. No other organization in the state can marshall the spectrum of expertise on industry issues to which TXOGA has access.
The Association’s public affairs efforts are keyed to media relations. The media is the primary recipient of the historical, economic, and statistical data on industry operations in Texas that is compiled and distributed by the Association. Its representatives also prepare and disseminate statements and news releases reflecting industry viewpoints and background information on current public issues involving the Texas Oil and Gas Industry.
The activities of the Association are governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of approximately 45 industry leaders and currently chaired by David Killam, of Killam Oil Company, LTD.
The Association’s full-time staff includes the President, Todd Staples; Vice-President for Operations & Chief of Staff, Shannon Rusing; Vice-President & General Counsel, Cory Pomeroy; Vice-President for Government & Regulatory Affairs, Mari Ruckel; Vice-President for Finance, Jim Sierra; Communications Director, Kate Zaykowski; Director of Membership, Neal Carlton; Executive Assistant, Kristen Fuchs; Membership and Events Assistant, Olivia Watkins; and Finance Assistant, Ruth Journey.
The mission of the Texas Oil & Gas Association is to promote a robust oil and natural gas industry and to advocate for sound, science-based policies and free-market principles.