By Dallas Business Journal

Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones says she opposes a federal energy bill because it would take away power from her agency.

The Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act (also known as the CLEAR Act) has been through hearings and approved by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee.

⿿This bill usurps the states⿿ authority over oil and gas exploration in their state waters,⿝ Jones said in a statement released today.

She urged the Texas congressional delegation to oppose the bill.

The Texas Railroad Commission oversees oil and natural gas drilling, including near-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The office doesn't oversee railroads.

Oil and gas industry groups, including the American Petroleum Institute, have also opposed the act.

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