Seliger Receives Hearst Newspapers Energy Award for Government Service
MIDLAND, Texas -- Yesterday, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) was presented with the Midland Reporter Telegram-Hearst Newspapers Energy Award for Government Service for his legislative achievements and advocacy on behalf of the Texas oil and gas industry during the regular session of the 79th Legislature. "I am humbled by this award. It is awarded for service to an industry that is important to District 31 and to the state of Texas. The past recipients of this award are all distinguished, and I am honored to be among them," said Seliger.
Seliger's membership on the Senate Natural Resources Committee aided him in passing several important bills approved for the oil and gas industry in Texas. House Bill 2161 put in place effective pipeline safety standards for all construction work done around oil and gas pipelines. It also established a program to safely address abandoned or orphaned oil and gas wells and included considerations for potential future periods of decline in oil and gas prices. Additionally, House Bill 951 established a notice and remediation process for construction around pipelines.
His commitment to the continued growth and prosperity of the oil and gas industry is also reflected in his efforts to bring opportunities for economic development home to the Panhandle and the Permian Basin. Most recently, Senator Seliger supported a massive effort that led to the selection of the community of Odessa as one of the recommended Texas sites for the FutureGen energy project.
"One of the best parts of my job is representing the people of the oil and gas industry. It is an industry that is vital to the economy of West Texas," Seliger said.
"Senator Seliger has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the oil and gas industry, as well as other issues important to this region," said Charles Spence, publisher of the Midland Reporter Telegram. The Midland Reporter Telegram-Hearst Newspapers Energy Awards were established in 1996 to recognize the significant achievements and contributions of individuals to the oil and gas industry.
Seliger was sworn in to the Texas Senate to serve the citizens of Senate District 31 on March 2, 2004 to complete the term of former Senator Teel Bivins of Amarillo. He was reelected to serve a full, four-year term on November 4, 2004. The district spans 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring.