Oil & Gas

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


Updated Application for Critical Load Serving Electric Generation and Cogeneration

March 17, 2021

An updated application for Critical Load Serving Electric Generation and Cogeneration has been posted on the ERCOT website. There is an April 1 deadline for the summer peak, and an October 1 deadline for the winter peak. The Railroad Commission of Texas requests that operators under the Commission’s jurisdiction review this revised form and apply for critical load designation as appropriate. A notice to operators along with a link to the updated application form can be found here at https://rrc.texas.gov/media/5bwf5b0z/2021-notice-to-operators-critical-load-form-3-17-2021.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 29, 2021

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

Read this .PDF for tips on having a problem-free drilling permit submission.