Oil & Gas

Regulating the exploration, production, & transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas


Notice to Operators: U.S. Chemical Safety Board Recommendations Following their Report on the 2019 Aghorn H2S Incident

February 06, 2023

Pursuant to the request by U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Recommendation No. 2020-01-I-TX-R9, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is providing notice to operators under RRC jurisdiction of the safety issues described in the CSB report.

Several safety issues were identified.

To view the full notice, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/kycavdof/nto_csb-2019-aghorn-h2s-incident-report_2-6-2023.pdf

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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 March 9, 2022

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

Tips on submitting a problem-free drilling permit.