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RRC Accepting Comments on Draft Oil and Gas Division Monitoring and Enforcement Plan

May 11, 2021

The Texas Legislature (House Bill 1818, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017) directed the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to develop an annual plan to assess the most effective use of its limited resources to protect public safety and minimize damage to the environment. The RRC will always strive to strengthen its capabilities to track, measure, and analyze the effectiveness of its oil and gas monitoring and enforcement program.

The purpose of this plan is to define and communicate the Oil and Gas Division’s strategic priorities for its monitoring and enforcement efforts. The plan confirms many of the division’s current priorities as well as establishing direction for data collection, stakeholder input, and new priorities for fiscal year 2022.

House Bill 1818 directed the RRC to seek input from stakeholders in the development of this plan. We look forward to hearing from you as this planning process moves forward.

To view the draft plan, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/compliance-enforcement/enforcement-activities/.

To submit comments online by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, complete the survey at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6317260/Commission-Accepting-Comments-on-FY-2022-Oil-and-Gas-Division-Monitoring-and-Enforcement-Plan-copy.

Alternatively, please send written comments to:

Oil and Gas Strategic Plan Comments/Oil and Gas Division
Railroad Commission of Texas
P.O. Box 12967
Austin, Texas 78711-2967

Comments received by mail after June 10 may not be incorporated into the fiscal year 2022 iteration of the plan but will be reviewed.

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What we do

The Railroad Commission, through its Oil and Gas Division, regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. Its statutory role is to:

  1. prevent waste of the state's natural resources,
  2. to protect the correlative rights of different interest owners,
  3. to prevent pollution, and
  4. to provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide.

The division accomplishes these goals by permitting and reporting requirements; by field inspections, testing programs and monitoring industry activities in the field; and through programs to remediate abandoned wells and sites through the use of fees and taxes paid by industry.
The Oil and Gas Division is headquartered in Austin, Texas with nine district offices spread over the state.

Drilling Permit Processing Time as of April 26, 2021

Expedited Permits: approximately 2
Business days
Standard Permits: approximately 4
Business days

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