Oil & Gas

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


RRC Urges Caution to Help Prevent Wildfires

August 05, 2022

Dry conditions throughout many parts of the state have elevated the threat of wildfires in Texas this week.

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) asks oil & gas and pipeline operators to do their part to help prevent any accidental fires.

Operators should be cognizant about removing any items such as trash, dead grass, or weeds around gas powered pumping units and compressor stations.  Mufflers and exhaust pipes on these units can get very hot and start a fire given the circumstances. 

Remaining cautious and vigilant will be a great help to residents, emergency responders, and operators during the current precarious situations.

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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 August 3rd, 2022

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

Tips on submitting a problem-free drilling permit.