Oil & Gas

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


RRC to Host Oil & Gas and Pipeline Safety Regulatory Webinars This Summer

June 28, 2021

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) will host a series of free oil and gas and pipeline safety regulatory webinars to inform and train energy industry representatives on the applicable laws, rules, and procedures for hydrocarbon production in Texas. The webinars will be held from July 20-September 2, 2021.

The webinars will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • 811 and pipeline damage reporting;
  • acreage designation;
  • Code of Federal Regulations: gas and liquid basics;
  • completions filings for oil, gas and underground injection control;
  • drilling permitting;
  • field transfers;
  • groundwater protection determinations;
  • inactive wells;
  • oil and gas waste stream management requirements;
  • pipeline accident and incident investigations;
  • pipeline permitting;
  • pipeline safety plan of corrections;
  • production reporting and commingle permit applications;
  • production sharing agreement and allocation wells;
  • Public GIS Viewer tool; and
  • underground injection control permitting, testing, and monitoring requirements.

To view the webinar schedule and register, visit the RRC’s website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/workshops-and-conferences/rrc-regulatory-webinars/.

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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 July 23, 2021

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

Tips on submitting a problem-free drilling permit.