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We are a grassroots entity organized to monitor, advocate and educate royalty owners, elected officials and the energy industry on issues affecting royalty owners in Texas. 

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Testimony: Sunset Advisory Commission Hearing on Railroad Commission of Texas

Testimony by Tricia Davis, President of Texas Royalty Council, on the Sunset Advisory Commission Staff’s Recommendations for the Railroad Commission of Texas

Our Air Is Getting Cleaner, And Natural Gas Deserves Some Fracking Credit

A new study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) says although outdoor air pollution worldwide has increased by 8% in the past five years, air quality in the United States has become cleaner. A key reason that air quality has improved is because more Americans than ever are now relying on natural gas, and burning natural gas emits fewer pollutants into the atmosphere than burning coal.

Let Real Facts Govern Energy

Todd Staples | Corpus Christi Coller Times

Fear is often wielded as a dangerous tool to influence public opinion and impact public policy. In Texas and beyond, many groups that are funded to oppose oil and natural gas development use misinformation and outright fabrication to create fear and confusion. For many of us, it can be hard to tell the difference between sound science and junk science.


As Petroleum Royalties Dwindle, Questions Target Property Assessments

Jim Malewitz | The Texas Tribune

An epic oilfield slowdown has done more than trigger layoffs and budget cuts in petroleum-dependent communities. It’s also eating into the “mailbox money” of royalty owners — monthly checks to account for oil and gas production on their property.

Royalty Owners at Risk of Being Over-Appraised on Oil and Gas Wells in Texas

Tricia Davis, President, Texas Royalty Council

This week, the Texas Royalty Council (TRC) was made aware of a potential oil price miscalculation that could lead to royalty owners being over-appraised on oil and gas wells in Texas.  Royalty owners who receive an appraisal from Pritchard & Abbott, Inc. are encouraged to contact the firm immediately (817-926-7871) to verify the oil price used in their appraisal.  

“Oil and Gas Property Tax: Oil Price Issue For Royalty Owners”

By Damien Larson, Myska & Vandervoort

Tax notices of appraised value are now being sent out to royalty owners across the nation for oil and gas wells in the state of Texas.  One of the major components of the discounted cash flow methodology used to achieve fair market value is oil price.  Unfortunately, there is one appraisal firm in Texas that is not using the oil price that is clearly specified in the Texas Property Tax Code (Section 23.175) to generate a fair taxable value.

Interior secretary: ‘Keep it in the ground’ activists 'naive'

Timothy Cama | The Hill

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell had harsh criticism for activists who want to dramatically reduce the production of fossil fuels.

More American Energy Security, Brought to You by Fracking

By North Texans for Natural Gas

new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that natural gas imports last year were at their lowest level in almost 30 years. Thanks to fracking, U.S. natural gas production has increased significantly in recent years, while net imports of natural gas have dramatically declined since 2007.

How Fracking Saved California Politicians From Themselves

Chuck DeVore | Forbes

Napoleon Bonaparte said, “I’d rather have lucky generals than good ones.”

This maxim holds true for much of life, including, to a certain extent, politics. In 2006, I was a member of the California legislature when Gov. Schwarzenegger and a majority of lawmakers set out to “green” California’s energy landscape.

University Researchers Put Fracking Politics Before Science

Jeff Stier | Newsweek

Geologists at the University of Cincinnati just wrapped up a three-year investigation of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on local water supplies.

The result? There's no evidence—zero, zilch, nada—that fracking contaminates drinking water.Researchers hoped to keep these findings secret.