BIG SPRING, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Railroad commission candidate, Chrysta Castaneda hopes to win one of Texas’ top races in 2020.
Castaneda has been working in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years, and she says the industry needs to be regulated.
“We need to deploy the alternative technologies that will help us reduce the flaring in the Permian,” she says. “Which will have the benefits of increasing the safety and protection for workers decrease the risk of lungs and human health.”
Castaneda says West Texas experiences so much pollution because of flaring and it’s a detriment to people’s health.
“It produces nitric oxide that hurts people’s lungs; you don’t want to be proximity to it,” the candidate says. “It creates pollution.”
Since Castaneda will be running against incumbent Ryan Sitton, she says her ultimate mission is to prevent the waste of our natural resources.
“Ryan Sitton refuses to enforce the laws that have been on the books for hundreds of years,” she says. “Regarding this flaring problem exception permits are granted without any inquires whether it’s the right thing to do for that particular situation.”
Castaneda also says there are ways to limit pollution.
“There are generators that convert the natural gas to electricity,” she says. “They’re on the good side that electricity can be used to power the operations for the operator there, saving them money on their own electric bills.”
Chrysta Castaneda will be on the ballot in the Democratic primary on March 3rd.