Commission Accepting Comments on Draft Oil and Gas Division Monitoring and Enforcement Plan


In 2017 the Texas Legislature (H.B. 1818, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017) directed the Railroad Commission of Texas to develop an annual plan to assess the most effective use of its limited resources to ensure public safety and minimize damage to the environment. This first iteration of the Annual Oil and Gas Division Monitoring and Enforcement Plan will serve as the benchmark based on existing data from fiscal year (FY) 2012 to 2017. The Commission will never cease 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—to ensure public safety and protect the environment—as well as establishing direction for data collection, stakeholder input, and new priorities.

House Bill 1818 directed the Commission to seek input from stakeholders in the development of this plan. We look forward to hearing from you as this planning process moves forward.

To view the draft plan, visit the Commission website at

Comment period closed on 4/20/2018 at 5pm.