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Gulley said TXOGA has actually been "quite helpful," as the office tries to convince frac-sand companies to account for the conservation plan in their operations even if they aren't members.
According to Biofriendly, Morphew held her previous position with TxOGA for 13 years, where she represented all aspects of the oil and gas industry before the state's regulatory agencies, the Texas Legislature and the Environmental Protection Agency.
In April, when the Legislature passed House Bill 40 - effectively rendering Denton's ban unenforceable - TXOGA decided to continue with the lawsuit anyway.
Just hours after health and environmental advocates proclaimed victory, TXOGA, the state's largest petroleum group, and the General Land Office, which manages the state's mineral interests, filed separate suits calling the ban unconstitutional.
The nonprofit overseeing the lizard operation was created by lobbyists for TXOGA, drawing the ire of Republican state lawmakers including Rep.
At TXOGA, he will replace Rob Looney, who announced in March that he would leave the association after 26 years.
TXOGA asserted in its letter that the PUC did not have the authority to embark on a market redesign and that a capacity market would not work as intended.
"TXOGA supports the current energy-only market in ERCOT, which has led to unprecedented generation development while maintaining competitive electricity prices," the letter said.
Speaking on a recent conservation panel in Washington, D.C., Combs defended her plan for the lizard, which was set up by TXOGA lobbyists.
Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, all say Combs and the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) have been lobbying heavily to water down the legislation, which is now designed to impact future species that warrant federal protection.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article misspelled surnames of Teddy Carter of TIPRO and Cory Pomeroy of TXOGA. This has now been fixed.
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