RRC Open Meeting

RRC has scheduled an open meeting for Tuesday, June 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. View the webcast here https://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/rcc/

Oil & Gas

Regulating the exploration, production, & transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas


Early Bird Registration Ends Soon for 2024 RRC Regulatory Conference

June 21, 2024

Early bird registration for the Railroad Commission of Texas’ (RRC) Regulatory Conference ends on Sunday, June 30, 2024. The registration fee for the conference is $450 per person if registered by June 30, 2024, and $550 per person if registered on or after July 1, 2024.

The conference will be held July 30-31 in Austin at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center.

The RRC is hosting this conference to inform and train industry representatives on the applicable laws, rules, and procedures for hydrocarbon production in Texas. Plus, it will feature over 60 sessions covering a variety of topics.

In addition to RRC presenters, the conference will feature presenters from Energy World, Industrial Training Services, Mears Group, Inc., National Transportation Safety Board, PHMSA, RCP Inc., RegSafe and Southern Methodist University.

Plus, this year’s conference will again feature exhibitors!

For additional conference information and to register, visit the RRC’s website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/organization-and-activities/activities/workshops-and-conferences/2024-rrc-regulatory-conference/.

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What we do

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 June 20th, 2024

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

Tips on submitting a problem-free drilling permit.