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That was the message from Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on Thursday at the World Oil Shale Energy Technology Conference in Houston.

Porter said the Texas Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas drilling regulator, is updating rules and strengthening requirements to ensure that companies operate safely in the state, without federal involvement.

Many of those updated regulations have to do with hydraulic fracturing and well construction.

But Porter said companies need to do their part to avoid scrutiny and regulation from the federal government.

''If everybody makes sure they take care of business properly, then there won't be some problems that the federal government and the environmentalists can seize on and point out and try to make an issue out of," Porter said. "If everybody would make a concerted effort to do the right thing, instead of taking shortcuts, that would certainly help in that effort."

The two-day conference end Friday at the Norris Conference Centers in Houston CityCentre. XXX - End of Story