Railroad Commission’s Hearings Division Closes Record Number of Oil & Gas Administrative Law Cases in Fiscal Year 2015

October 06, 2015

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas’s Hearings Division closed a record 1,057 oil and gas dockets or administrative law cases in Fiscal Year 2015—the highest recorded in seven years. The dockets closed in FY15 also represented 263 more cases closed in FY15 compared to the previous year’s total of 794 dockets closed in FY14. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state’s oil and gas exploration and production industry. 

Hearings at the Railroad Commission are held before a legal examiner and an administrative law judge and can involve protested oil and gas enforcement cases; permit applications for oil and gas facilities such as disposal wells; and requests for changes in field rules or field consolidations.


About the Railroad Commission:
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.