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RRC Hosts Preparing for LoneSTAR Webinars in December & January


November 29, 2021

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) will host two free webinars entitled Preparing for LoneSTAR on December 8, 2021, and January 5, 2022. Both webinars will begin at 10 a.m.

The webinars will inform and train oil and gas and pipeline operators on actions needed to prepare for the first release of the LoneSTAR application. Presentation topics include:

  • what data is being collected for existing officers and filing agents to ease LoneSTAR account setup,
  • how RRC’s Access Management Process (RAMP) and RRC Online System accounts are different, and
  • how RAMP access to LoneSTAR is related to RAMP access to RRC’s Case Administration Service Electronic System (CASES) and Pipeline Inspection, Permitting, & Evaluation System (PIPES).

The RRC has embarked on its largest information technology project in agency history with creation of LoneSTAR (State Tracking and Reporting system). This online application will allow users to make online filings and view records and track various RRC regulatory functions.

The first LoneSTAR release, scheduled to go live in early 2022, will include the process for filing a new Form P-5, Organization Report, which is required to become an oil or gas operator or pipeline operator under the jurisdiction of the RRC. Also included in the first release is the Form W-3C, for Certification of Surface Equipment Removal for an Inactive Well.

To register for one of the sessions, visit the Zoom website at:

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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 November 3, 2021

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

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