In a letter to the University of Texas Board of Regents, members of the Texas Conservative Coalition today affirmed their support for the continued use of hydraulic fracturing in the development of oil and gas resources on UT lands in west Texas. The letter comes in the wake of a report released last month by Environment Texas targeting oil production on UT land, which claimed that hydraulic fracturing “is so dangerous … that it should not occur anywhere.”
TCC members stand squarely behind the University of Texas and the continued use of hydraulic fracturing on its land. The development of oil and gas resources on university lands has contributed around $1 billion to the endowments of Texas’ two largest public university systems since 2009, and has helped finance numerous academic and other improvements on university campuses. The letter notes that TCC members stand ready to take legislative action, if necessary, to ensure the continued viability of hydraulic fracturing operations on university lands.