RRC Open Meeting

The Railroad Commission of Texas has scheduled an open meeting (conference) for Wednesday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m.
To view the webcast visit https://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/rcc/open_meeting.

Oil & Gas

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


Save the Dates — RRC Regulatory Conference: Oil & Gas and Pipeline Safety

May 05, 2022

After temporarily being online for the past two years, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is hosting its annual Regulatory Conference in person again!

Who: Railroad Commission of Texas
What: RRC Regulatory Conference: Oil & Gas and Pipeline Safety
When: Monday, August 8 - Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (Early check in is Sunday, August 7)
Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas

This year’s conference will offer both Oil & Gas and Pipeline tracks covering a variety of topics.

Registration will open in early June. To view the event webpage, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/organization-and-activities/activities/workshops-and-conferences/rrc-regulatory-conference/

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Oil & Gas Overview 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 May 11, 2021

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

Tips on submitting a problem-free drilling permit.