Enforcement Activities

Monitoring and Enforcement Plan

The Texas Legislature (House Bill 1818, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017) directed the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to develop an annual plan to assess the most effective use of its limited resources to protect public safety and minimize damage to the environment. The RRC will always strive to strengthen its capabilities to track, measure, and analyze the effectiveness of its oil and gas monitoring and enforcement program.

The purpose of this plan is to define and communicate the Oil and Gas Division’s strategic priorities for its monitoring and enforcement efforts. The plan confirms many of the division’s current priorities as well as establishing direction for data collection, stakeholder input, and new priorities for fiscal year 2024.

FY 2024 Monitoring Enforcement plan:

Oil & Gas Division Monitoring Enforcement Plan FY 2024  |  (Versión en español) 
(Posted 6/13/2023)

Public comments received on draft plan FY 2024

FY 2025 Monitoring Enforcement plan:

For the FY 2025 Plan, the Commission seeks feedback from stakeholders in the development of action items that will address the totality of oil and gas monitoring and enforcement activities, inclusive of technical permit monitoring and administrative compliance enforcement.

The deadline for feedback is 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Input can be submitted online by completing the survey at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7761306/Oil-and-Gas-Division-Monitoring-and-Enforcement-Strategic-Plan-Stakeholder-Input.

Alternatively, please send written comments to:

Oil and Gas Strategic Plan Stakeholder Input/Oil and Gas Division
Railroad Commission of Texas
P.O. Box 12967
Austin, Texas 78711-2967

Comments received by mail after May 4 may not be incorporated into the fiscal year 2025 iteration of the plan but will be reviewed.

Report on Oil and Gas Field Operations' Violations and Enforcement Actions

The Texas Legislature (House Bill 1 (General Appropriations Act), 88th Legislature, Regular Session, 2023) directed the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to publish oil and gas enforcement data on its website quarterly.

Report on Oil and Gas Field Operations' Violations and Enforcement FY 2024
(Second Quarter Report, Posted 3/28/2024)