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Operator Cleanup Program

The Operator Cleanup Program (OCP) under the Site Remediation Section is tasked with oversight of complex pollution cleanups performed by the oil and gas industry.  Complex sites include those that occur in sensitive environmental areas as defined by 16 TAC3.91 (SWR 91) and may require site specific cleanup levels based on risk.  Additionally, Operator Cleanup Program staff may be involved in the review of data in cases where the source of contamination is uncertain.

Sites are referred to the Site Remediation Section by the Railroad Commission District Offices, Railroad Commission Legal Enforcement Section and directly from industry.  A significant number of sites are identified by due diligence assessments on oil and gas properties as a result of corporate mergers, acquisitions, or other business activities.

When cleanup activities are successfully completed by the operator, Commission staff may issue a “No Further Action” letter acknowledging completion.

Currently staff of the OCP oversee 600 active and monitored cleanup sites.  Questions about the Operator Cleanup Program should be directed to the Site Remediation Section of the Oil and Gas Division 512-463-6765 or the following contacts:

Name Title Districts Telephone
Aimee Beveridge Senior Technical Coordinator Team Leader, Statewide 512-463-7995
Bill Renfro Senior Technical Coordinator 8 & 8A 512-463-6812
Monty Newton Technical Coordinator 7B, 7C, 9 & 10 512-936-1783
Kelly Wilson Technical Coordinator
3, Voluntary Cleanup Program & Brownfield Response 512-475-0730
Madelyn Flannagan Technical Coordinator 1, 2 & 4 512-463-6219
Chris Moore Technical Coordinator 5 & 6 512-463-3384

Links:

Field Guide for the Assessment and Cleanup of Soil and Groundwater Contaminated with Condensate From a Spill Incident

Field Guide For Reportable Surface Releases of Crude Oil in Non-Sensitive Areas SWR 8, 20, 91

Water Protection, Rule 3.8 in the Texas Administrative Code

Memorandum of Understanding between RRC and TCEQ, Rule 3.30 in the Texas Administrative Code

Cleanup of Soil Contaminated by Crude Oil, Rule 3.91 in the Texas Administrative Code

Railroad Commission District Map

Railroad Commission Oil and Gas District Offices

NOTICE TO GEOSCIENTISTS:
Please be advised that Professional Geoscientists seals are to be provided as required by law on reports submitted to the Site Remediation Section.