State Managed Plugging
Although most oil and gas wells that are no longer productive are plugged by the responsible operators, the Railroad Commission administers a program to plug abandoned oil and gas wells. Learn more about this program below.
Wells Remaining to be Plugged with State Managed Funds
This list shows wells which remain to be plugged with State funds. It includes wells where plugging operations may be ongoing or the wells may be included in a plugging contract that: has either been awarded, a bid award is pending; or the initiation of the formal bid process is pending. If you have questions regarding the status of these wells, please contact the appropriate district office.
State Managed Plugging Activities Monthly Reports
These reports include data by month and year of the Railroad Commission of Texas' (Commission) activities related to plugging orphan wells using the Oil & Gas Regulation and Cleanup Fund.
Approved Cementers List
This is a list of Approved Cementers that have an active Organizational Report (Form P-5) on file with the Commission.
Formations Required to be Isolated Upon Well Plugging
This document provides information by Commission District and County of Fields/Zones that must be isolated in accordance with 16 Texas Administrative Code §3.13 (Statewide Rule 13).
Orphan Wells with Deliquent P-5 greater than 12 months
This page provides information relating to Orphan Wells for which the Operator's P-5 has been deliquent for more than 12 months. The page also includes the procedure for taking over an Orphan Well for reimbursement to surface owners for plugging such wells.
State Managed Well Plugging (Video)
Although most oil and gas wells that are no longer productive are plugged by the responsible operators, the Railroad Commission of Texas administers a program to plug abandoned oil and gas wells. Watch the video to learn more.
Last Updated: 2/20/2020 9:19:52 AM