Oil & Gas
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.
The links below and to the right will provide information about ongoing division activities, requirements for filing and reporting, and historical data related to division operations.
Compliance & Enforcement
- Blowouts and Well Control Problems
- Crude Oil, Gas Well Liquids or Associated Products (H-8) Loss Reports
- Enforcement Activities
- H-15 Program - Testing of Older Inactive Wells
- HB 2259/HB 3134 - Inactive Well Requirements
- Revised Statewide Rule 13 - Casing, Cementing, Drilling, Well Control, and Completion Requirements
- Severance Reconnect Process