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Oct
26
DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA RAISES $3.7 MILLION IN MONTH BEFORE ELECTION
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DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA RAISES $3.7 MILLION IN MONTH BEFORE ELECTION

Castañeda Campaign Brings Renewed Attention to Statewide Race Deemed Most Important for Environment in Nation 

Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, raised $3,702,483 in campaign contributions in the Sept. 25-Oct. 24 reporting period. Just over a week before Election Day, her campaign has attracted support from a wide array of donors who support change at the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the Texas oil and gas industry.

“This campaign has been called the most important environmental race in the country, so I am grateful to be receiving such an unprecedented level of support,” Chrysta said. “It has allowed us to place television ads all over the state. Most Texans have no idea what the Railroad Commission does, so we’re committed to educating them about its significance for every Texan."

Major donors in October include philanthropist Mike Bloomberg, who donated $2.625 million and who has led efforts to protect the environment and help address climate change; environmental philanthropists Richard and Dee Lawrence, who donated $500,000; and the Sierra Club's Political Committee and Texas PAC, which have pledged $125,000 and donated $90,000, respectively.

“Chrysta Castañeda will be a champion for Texans – her commitment to improving people’s lives is clear,” said Mike Bloomberg. “I’m glad to support Chrysta in her campaign to be the next Railroad Commissioner, because she has the vision and experience needed to build a safer, healthier, and more environmentally prosperous future for the state of Texas.”

Chrysta has also received support from many current and former oil and gas industry executives, who endorsed her at an October 15 “Industry for Chrysta Castañeda” virtual fundraiser.

“Flaring is a black eye for the Permian,” says Matt Gallagher, CEO of an oil and gas company that he said is “working aggressively every day to reduce our carbon footprint and know that others can do the same.

“I support Chrysta’s positions on flaring and methane reduction and believe increased enforcement at the Railroad Commission is long overdue,” Gallagher said.

In addition to receiving campaign contributions from more than 3,000 individual donors, Chrysta has received the endorsement of every major Texas newspaper that has issued an endorsement so far: The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, and the Laredo Morning Times.

When Chrysta kicked off her campaign in October 2019, she did so with a focus on flaring, the practice of lighting on fire of natural gas at the wellhead. It is against the law after the first 10 days a well comes online, but the Railroad Commission routinely issues exceptions that allow it for longer periods. Flaring causes pollution, contributes to premature births and climate change, and wastes Texas’ natural resources.

Chrysta’s campaign has focused attention on the unprecedented flaring, as well as other ways the Railroad Commission has ignored its duty to preserve Texas’ natural resources and protect our environment.

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.

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Oct
14
DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA HOLDS ‘INDUSTRY FOR CHRYSTA’ VIRTUAL EVENT
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DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA HOLDS ‘INDUSTRY FOR CHRYSTA’ VIRTUAL EVENT

Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, will welcome members of the oil and gas industry at a virtual “Industry for Chrysta” event on Thursday, Oct. 15, 5-6 p.m. CT. Click here to register to attend the event via Zoom.

The event will feature several current and former oil and gas executives who support Chrysta’s candidacy for the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates Texas’ powerful oil and gas industry. Those supporters include: 

Matt Gallagher
David Elkouri
Jack Balagia
Mike Powell
Walter Mayer
Cheryl Pudwill
David Stallwitz
Dwayne Purvis
Karen Stallings
Walter Bratic
Rodney Sowards
Gabriel Rio

“We welcome the support of anybody and everybody who wants to see real change at the Railroad Commission,” Chrysta says. “I’ve been a part of this industry for decades, and I will continue to support it and the jobs it provides to Texans. But it’s undeniable that there are certain practices, such as flaring and venting, that are a black eye on the industry. They waste our resources, harm our health and environment, and they contribute greenhouse gasses to the climate. We can support jobs and clean up the environment at the same time.”

Chrysta has received support from more than 3,000 individual donors, as well as the endorsement of every major Texas newspaper that has issued an endorsement so far, including The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, and the Laredo Morning Times.

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.

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Oct
12
DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA SWEEPS MAJOR NEWSPAPER ENDORSEMENTS, BEGINS 6-FIGURE AD BUY IN HOUSTON, DALLAS, SAN ANTONIO, CORPUS CHRISTI AND RIO GRANDE VALLEY
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DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA SWEEPS MAJOR NEWSPAPER ENDORSEMENTS, BEGINS 6-FIGURE AD BUY IN HOUSTON, DALLAS, SAN ANTONIO, CORPUS CHRISTI AND RIO GRANDE VALLEY

Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, is making a second 6-figure television advertising buy in the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley media markets following a solid third quarter of fundraising.

In addition to receiving campaign contributions from more than 3,000 individual donors, Chrysta has received the endorsement of every major Texas newspaper that has issued an endorsement so far. The most recent came from The Dallas Morning News, which said Chrysta has the “practical solutions to put the commission in a leadership role on major energy issues.” (The Texas Railroad Commission oversees Texas’ oil and gas industry.)

“Castañeda, 57, calls on the commission to focus on the first tenet in its mission statement, stewardship of natural resources and the environment,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote. “Doing so would guide the commission to resolve some of its knotty problems while dealing fairly with energy companies and supporting the public trust that is necessary for the industry to thrive.”

Chrysta has also been endorsed by The Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, and the Laredo Morning Times

The just-announced ad buy is in addition to the one made last month in Houston. The ad, which contrasts Castañeda with her Republican opponent, Jim Wright, has been running there for two weeks.

“It’s clear we’re picking up momentum and gaining the attention of voters who want to see some real change at the Texas Railroad Commission,” Chrysta said. “My campaign has focused on cleaning up the environment and preserving our natural resources while also supporting the hundreds of thousands of jobs tied to oil and gas. We can do both, and anyone who says we can’t needs to step back and let some real problem-solvers get in the driver's seat.”

Chrysta has received financial support from a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations, including the Sierra Club of Texas PAC, the AFL-CIO, a host of environmental donors and many industry executives. 

The Texas Democratic Party’s Deputy Executive Director Cliff Walker said he is confident Texans will elect Chrysta on Nov. 3. 

“In the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner, there is only one person running who is actually qualified for the position: Chrysta Castañeda,” he said. “Chrysta is an engineer, a lawyer, and someone who has been preparing for this role her entire career. Her record is clearly resonating with Texas voters, especially those who work in the energy sector.”

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.

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Oct
6
DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA RAISES MORE THAN $310,000 IN THIRD QUARTER
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DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA RAISES MORE THAN $310,000 IN THIRD QUARTER

Castañeda Haul on Track to Exceed Last 5 Democratic RRC Candidates Combined

Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, raised $310,709 in campaign contributions in the reporting period ended September 24. With six weeks still to report, her total fundraising haul is on track to exceed the amounts raised by the last five Democratic candidates for the Railroad Commission combined, according to their filings with the Texas Ethics Commission*.

“This is a sign that our campaign has struck a chord, both with voters and those who want the Railroad Commission to move into the 21st century,” Chrysta said. “Unchecked flaring and venting of methane is a black eye on the oil and gas industry, and it’s worsening the effects of climate change. I don’t know of any other race in the country that can have as big an impact on the health and well-being of all Texans, indeed, all Americans.”

Chrysta has received financial support from a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations, including the Sierra Club of Texas PAC, the AFL-CIO, a host of environmental donors and many industry executives. She has been endorsed by dozens of organizations and major newspapers around the state and received contributions from nearly 3,000 individual donors. The campaign recently made a major ad buy in Houston, which it plans to expand to other markets across the state. 

Ann Marie Painter, treasurer of the campaign, noted the strong uptick in donations.  

“I’m really pleased with how campaign fundraising has been skyrocketing over the past several months since the primary runoff on July 14,” she said.

Texas Democratic Party’s Deputy Executive Director Cliff Walker said the following: 

“In the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner, there is only one person running who is actually qualified for the position: Chrysta Castañeda. Chrysta is an engineer, a lawyer, and someone who has been preparing for this role her entire career. Her record is clearly resonating with Texas voters, especially those who work in the energy sector.

“On November 3, we know Texans will elect Chrysta.”

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.

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*According to the filings with the Texas Ethics Commission, the previous five candidates for the Texas Railroad Commission raised a total of $397,190 — a figure Chrysta’s campaign is on track to exceed by Election Day. 

2018

Roman McAllen

$39,738

2016

Grady Yarbrough

$0

2014

Stephen K. Brown

$73,764

2012

Dale Henry

$1,935

2010

Jeff Weems

$281,753

   

$397,190

Sep
28
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST ERIN BROCKOVICH HEADLINES FUNDRAISER FOR TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA
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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST ERIN BROCKOVICH HEADLINES FUNDRAISER FOR TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA

September 28, 2020 (DALLAS) Environmental activist and author Erin Brockovich will be the special guest at a virtual fundraiser for Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 5-6 p.m.

Registration for the event is available here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/erinbrockovich

“Erin and I are both on the same side of one of the most crucial issues of our time: protecting our environment,” Chrysta said. “We must find a way to meet our energy needs without making this planet uninhabitable for our children and grandchildren, and I know we can do it. That’s why I’m fighting so hard to earn Texans’ vote in this critical election. My race for the Railroad Commission has been called the most important climate election in the nation, and I’m so pleased Erin is supporting me in this effort.”

Erin is a consumer advocate and environmental activist who was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. Her successful lawsuit was the subject of a 2000 film, Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts. Her recently published book, "Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It," is available at booksellers.

The host committee for the event includes Earth X, Sierra Club Political Action Committee, Anne Marie Painter, Matt Gallagher, Cheryl Pudwill, Brandon Benson, Jeff Tillotson, David Stallwitz, and Mike Lynn. Also speaking at the event is The Honorable Garry Mauro, Former Texas Land Commissioner.

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. www.chrystafortexas.com; social media @chrystafortexas. 

Paid for by the Chrysta Castañeda for Texas Campaign
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Sep
24
CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA’S TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION CAMPAIGN MAKES MAJOR AD BUY IN HOUSTON
Press Release

Contact: Amy Hunt
Amy@chrystafortexas.com
214-801-8116

CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA’S TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION CAMPAIGN MAKES MAJOR AD BUY IN HOUSTON

September 24, 2020 (DALLAS) Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, will begin running six figures worth of cable television ads in the Houston market beginning Friday, September 25.

The ad, available here, lays out Chrysta’s position on the waste caused by flaring of natural gas and opponent Jim Wright’s environmental violations with the Texas Railroad Commission. The Texas Railroad Commission regulates Texas’ powerful oil and gas industry.

“Many Texans don’t know a thing about the Railroad Commission, but for the countless Texans who work in the oil and gas industry, it’s probably the elected body with the biggest impact on their lives,” Chrysta said. “Houston is synonymous with oil and gas, so it’s the ideal place to roll out our first TV ad.”

The Houston Chronicle recently endorsed Chrysta, declaring that she "has the combination of knowledge and experience to help the RRC shepherd the crucial industry through one of the most challenging economies in decades."

“I am an enthusiastic supporter of the industry and the jobs it provides across the state,” Chrysta said. “I believe that we can both maintain a healthy industry and rein in the practices -- such as flaring and venting -- that give the industry a black eye.”

A recent survey from nationally respected polling firm Global Strategy Group (GSG) showed that the combination of Chrysta’s unique biography and her opponent Jim Wright’s potent negatives give her a clear path to victory. Read the polling memo here.

An Aug. 19 story in The New Republic called the race “the country’s most important climate election” and said Chrysta could be the first Democrat “to win statewide elected office since 1994.”

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. www.chrystafortexas.com; social media @chrystafortexas.

Paid for by the Chrysta Castañeda for Texas Campaign
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Sep
21
CHRYSTA CASTANEDA 9 22 TV SPOT - WRONG
Campaign Video

 

Sep
10
The Race For an Obscure Texas Office Could Have a Lasting Impact on Climate Change
Capital & Main
Sep
8
Chrysta Castañeda on KERA Radio
KERA Radio
Aug
31
TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA TO SPEAK AT TEXAS TRIBUNE FESTIVAL
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TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE 
CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA TO SPEAK AT TEXAS TRIBUNE FESTIVAL 

August 31, 2020 (DALLAS) Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, will speak at the Texas Tribune Festival on Monday, Sept. 7, at 8 a.m. The discussion will be available to watch on demand anytime from 8 a.m. Sept. 7 until 11 p.m. Sept. 30. 

She and her Republican opponent, Jim Wright, will discuss oil prices, domestic production, global energy fights, and other issues at play in the November election. The 30-minute session will be moderated by Mitchell Ferman, the Texas Tribune’s energy and economy reporter.

The session is presented by Neste and supported by the Environmental Defense Fund.

The Texas Tribune Festival, one of the nation’s largest and buzziest annual gatherings, is entirely virtual this year. It features a month of programming with more than 250 speakers and engaging conversations with newsmakers, politicians, and journalists such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Stacey Abrams, Rachel Maddow, Dan Crenshaw, Ted Cruz, and Dan Rather.

Tickets start at $49 for students and can be purchased on the festival’s website at https://festival.texastribune.org/.

“Since it began in 2013, TribFest has brought some of the smartest, most interesting people in the country to Austin to discuss our most pressing issues,” Chrysta says. “I’m honored to be a part of the conversation this year, and I’m looking forward to a lively conversation with my opponent.”

A recent survey from the nationally respected polling firm Global Strategy Group (GSG) shows that the combination of Chrysta’s unique biography, her opponent’s potent negatives, and Donald Trump’s free-fall in Texas give her a clear path to victory in the race for the Texas Railroad Commission. The polling memo is available here.

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media @chrystafortexas.

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Contact: Amy Hunt
Amy@chrystafortexas.com
214-801-8116

Aug
20
NEW POLL SHOWS CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA WELL-POSITIONED TO WIN TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION RACE
Press Release

Contact: Amy Hunt
Amy@chrystafortexas.com
214-801-8116

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2020  

NEW POLL SHOWS CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA WELL-POSITIONED TO WIN TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION RACE

(DALLAS) A new survey from nationally respected polling firm Global Strategy Group (GSG) shows that the combination of Chrysta Castañeda’s unique biography, her opponent Jim Wright’s potent negatives, and Donald Trump’s free-fall in Texas give Castañeda a clear path to victory in the race for the Texas Railroad Commission.

Unsurprisingly, the race for Texas Railroad Commission — which oversees Texas’ oil and gas industry — is currently unformed as neither candidate is well known, and a quarter of voters are undecided. But after voters hear balanced profiles of both candidates, Castañeda emerges with a six-point lead in an informed ballot test. That  lead expands to 10 points after balanced negatives against each of the candidates are provided. 

“I have seen few polls in recent years that show so clearly how much stronger one candidate is versus the other,” said Andrew Baumann, Senior Vice President at GSG, who conducted the poll. “Not only does Castañeda’s biography and agenda resonate strongly, but Wright’s negatives are also disqualifying.”

The poll didn’t just include good news for Castaneda. According to their findings, former Vice President and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump by two points in Texas — a result that, if it holds, would have profound implications for the presidential race.

“It’s clear that Texans are hungry for change,” Chrysta said. “I believe that we can balance our demand for energy and a healthy oil and gas industry with the critical need to address the environmental concerns that endanger our children’s future. This is not a binary choice. I’m ready to bring practical, creative solutions to the Railroad Commission, and it looks like Texans are ready for me to do just that.” 

For more on the survey, including the methodology, read the polling memo here.

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at @chrystafortexas.

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Aug
20
NEW POLL: Chrysta Castañeda’s unique biography, Jim Wright’s potent negatives, and Donald Trump’s Free-Fall give Castañeda a clear path to victory in the Texas Railroad Commission race
Poll
Aug
19
BETO O’ROURKE TEAMS UP WITH RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA FOR EL PASO/BIG BEND TOWN HALL ON OIL INDUSTRY AND TEXAS ECONOMY
Press Release

Contact: Amy Hunt
Amy@chrystafortexas.com
214-801-8116

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2020  

BETO O’ROURKE TEAMS UP WITH RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA FOR EL PASO/BIG BEND TOWN HALL ON OIL INDUSTRY AND TEXAS ECONOMY

Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, Powered by People founder Beto O’Rourke, and Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa will team up to present a virtual town hall on the oil industry and the Texas economy in El Paso and Big Bend on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

To register for the event, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0uduqprDMpE9XnPtL0Ga9iV-iqSHe8S4Uz.

The town hall kicks off Chrysta’s 10-week Tour of Texas every Wednesday at 5 p.m. until October 28. Each event will feature guests from a different region of Texas and focus on energy-related issues specific to that geography. (The Texas Railroad Commission oversees the state’s oil and gas industry.)

“Oil and gas play a key role in the economic well-being of literally every region of Texas,” Chrysta said. “Whether it’s drilling, processing, transportation, services, or finance, there’s not a corner of Texas that isn’t affected by this industry. Texans deserve a Railroad Commission that will protect our precious natural resources and environment at the same time keeping one of the biggest parts of our economy functioning.”

Future town halls will (virtually) visit every part of the Great State of Texas.

For more information and to register for future events, visit the campaign’s Events page.

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.

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Aug
19
The Country’s Most Important Climate Election Is Happening in Texas
The New Republic
Aug
12
GOP RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE’S ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS DISQUALIFY HIM, CASTAÑEDA SAYS
Press Release

Contact: Amy Hunt
Amy@chrystafortexas.com
214-801-8116

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GOP RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE’S ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS DISQUALIFY HIM, CASTAÑEDA SAYS

(DALLAS) – Jim Wright, Republican candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, is responsible for a South Texas oil field waste disposal facility that was shut down by the Railroad Commission after inspectors found multiple environmental violations, according to a report published today by The Houston Chronicle.

Railroad Commission inspectors found that Wright’s company, DeWitt Recyclable Products, LLC, left “waste stockpiled directly on the ground, storage tanks for waste materials leaking onto the ground, and multiple unpermitted pits of waste,” according to the report.

“These acts disqualify my opponent from serving as Railroad Commissioner,” says Chrysta Castañeda, Wright’s Democratic opponent. “If Jim Wright can’t follow the rules the Railroad Commission is sworn to uphold, Texans cannot trust him to represent them as their Commissioner."

DeWitt Recyclable Products was designed to take oil-soaked muds from drilling sites and other waste products and recycle them into crude oil, diesel fuel and clean dirt.

The newspaper reported that the facility officially opened in 2016, but was shut down by the Railroad Commission in 2017 for the environmental violations. “Railroad Commission officials fined the facility more than $181,000 for the violations and held Wright responsible," according to the Chronicle.

And, Wright has been sued by other companies relating to the cleanup. Wright has been sued by creditors and vendors seeking roughly $4 million, the newspaper reported.

Among those fighting with Wright are Houston storage tank companies Tidal Tank and McAda Drilling Fluids, which seek payment for storage tanks they rented to Wright's company. When the facility closed, “large amounts of oil field waste remained inside the rented tanks, solidified and required expensive cleaning work by a crew in hazmat suits,” the newspaper reported. “A state district court in Houston awarded Tidal $666,860 in damages in an Oct. 2017 decision. McAda is still seeking payment of more $72,000 in invoices from DeWitt, according to a May lawsuit filed in state district court in Cuero.”

Wright is also trying to regain bond money from the Railroad Commission relating to the environmental cleanup costs and is being sued over what his creditors allege is a corporate shell game to hide the money from them. As the paper reported, McAda claims “that he opened a bank account under DeWitt’s name after the company was dissolved to collect the $500,000 in bond money and transferred those funds" to a new company Wright formed "to keep those funds away from creditors." McAda contends that Wright will do the same with the remaining $300,000 in bond money if he receives it from the Railroad Commission.

"Today's reporting reveals Wright's financial motivation to be Railroad Commissioner: to take back the bond money the state required to clean up the toxic waste hazard his company created,” Castañeda says. “I ask my fellow Texans to vote against Wright's self-interests and restore integrity to the Railroad Commission by voting for me on November 3."

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.

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Jul
14
Chrysta Castañeda wins Texas Railroad Democratic primary runoff
Austin American Statesmen
Jun
26
Here’s our recommendation in the Democratic primary runoff for Texas Railroad Commissioner
The Dallas Morning News
May
5
TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION SUSPENDS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, DISMISSES PRORATION REQUEST
Press Release

Contact:
Tim Livingston
tim@timlivingstonpr.com
(567) 245-5128

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION SUSPENDS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, DISMISSES PRORATION REQUEST 

May 5, 2020 (Dallas, TX) – The Texas Railroad Commission announced today that, effective immediately, and without prior posted notice, it will begin suspending key environmental regulations and will grant permits relating to those regulations without hearings for the next year. In response to the historic crash of the oil market and the oversupply of oil, the Railroad Commission had been requested to control production through proration (one of its historic functions) to stabilize the industry and prevent waste. Instead, it dismissed the proration request and announced the suspension of fees and procedures relating to Texans’ environmental protections, including those relating to underground storage of hydrocarbons and plugging of nonproducing wells. It also relieved the oil industry from permit fees that help fund the agency’s work.

Chrysta Castañeda, the leading Democratic candidate for the open seat on the Commission, expressed her shock at the Commission’s wholesale abandonment of due process and relaxing of environmental regulations.  “The actions of the Railroad Commission today are an unprecedented violation of due process and a grave threat to Texans’ health and our environment.  The Commission acted under cover of darkness, suspending rules intended to protect our health and our environment. It ignored Texans’ rights to know what their government is doing. It suspended longstanding rules without any prior notice to the public, including rules that would give notice to surface owners regarding where hydrocarbons will be stored, and allowed for waste storage pits to be remain undrained.  It relieved operators of their requirements to plug abandoned wells for the next year. The actions taken today show why it is time for new leadership.  Instead of certainty to help stabilize the oil industry, the Commissioners favored a few interests over those of the rest of Texas, and Texans will end up paying the costs.”

Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and the leading Democrat running for the Texas Railroad Commission’s open seat.  She finished first in the primary on March 3 and is endorsed by all Texas newspapers that covered the race.  Her website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.

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May
5
KURV Radio interview with Chrysta Castaneda
KURV Radio
Apr
30
Chrysta Castaneda discusses oil crisis on This Morning with Gordon Deal
YouTube
Apr
24
Chrysta for Texas interview with KTNF AM 950
KTNF AM RADIO
Apr
23
Low oil prices will crush Texas economy. Here’s what the state must do in response
Star-Telegram
Apr
8
Does Big Oil Need Big Government to Survive?
New Republic
Feb
14
EDITORIAL: SITTON AND CASTAÑEDA IN RAILROAD COMMISSION PRIMARIES
San Antonio Express News
Feb
10
#EcoLatino Radio Community Guest Speaker: Chrysta Castaneda for Railroad Commission
Eco Latino Radio Program
Jan
30
ENDORSEMENT ALERT: CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA IS THE LOGICAL CHOICE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION
Progress Texas
Jan
27
THIS YEAR’S OTHER BIG CLIMATE ELECTION? IT’S FOR A TEXAS RAILROAD BUREAUCRAT
Bloomberg News
Jan
17
BETO BACK ON THE BALLOT? HOW CANDIDATES ARE PLAYING NICKNAME GAME IN TEXAS PRIMARIES
Star-Telegram
Jan
13
TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE MAKES STOP IN BIG SPRING
News West 9
Jan
12
CASTAÑEDA: TEXAS IS FLARING ENOUGH NATURAL GAS TO POWER HOUSTON
Rio Grande Guardian
Dec
19
INTERVIEW WITH CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA
Off The Kuff
Nov
10
RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE TO FOCUS ON FLARING
MRT News
Nov
7
A conversation with Texas Railroad Commissioner candidate Chrysta Castañeda
CBS 7 News
Nov
4
DALLAS ATTORNEY CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA LOOKS TO UNSEAT RAILROAD COMMISSIONER RYAN SITTON
Spectrum Local News
Oct
17
CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA TO RUN FOR TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION
PR News Wire
Oct
16
DALLAS ATTORNEY CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA TO CHALLENGE RAILROAD COMMISSIONER RYAN SITTON
Texas Tribune