Our Founder

David Porter served as a Texas Railroad Commissioner from 2010 to 2016. During his time on the Commission, Porter earned a reputation for being an astute, pragmatic decision-maker with a unique ability to bring together multiple stakeholders on differing sides of an issue, building consensuses and carefully crafting fact- and science-based regulation over the oil, natural gas, and related industries.

After leaving office, Porter had a strong desire to continue the vital work he performed at the Commission and maintain involvement in the important issues that impact our state. He founded 98th Meridian Foundation, a nonprofit organization, which aims to study, educate and initiate high-level dialogue around issues in order to bring forth reasonable solutions. These issues all seemed to fall within three general areas: water, land and energy. They are of great importance to all Texans (and all people), our economy and, indeed, life itself.

The 98th Meridian

The 98th meridian, which runs through the heart of Texas, is the longitude line separating east and west, arid and moist climate. Just as the 98th meridian represents a demarcation where the landscape changes, the 98th Meridian Foundation represents a new frontier of thinking about how to solve the problems surrounding these issues in bold, innovative ways.

Because of the close nexus of these issues, we must examine how potential solutions affect land, water and energy production individually and collectively. Land, water and energy are the three legs holding up the metaphorical stool of Texas life, and we must see that all three legs are strong and in good repair.

The 98th Meridian Foundation is dedicated to working on solutions to problems that take into account the big picture and attempt to preserve and improve what makes Texas great. The Foundation will approach problems with a long-term vision, looking through a free market-oriented lens in an attempt to strengthen the traditional communities of Texas, especially rural communities.