Holiday Closure

In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the RRC will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 and will reopen for regular business on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. We will respond to public inquiries at that time.

If you are contacting the RRC with a complaint or to report an incident, please call our 24-hour, toll-free emergency line at 844-773-0305 for immediate assistance.

Additionally, if you are an operator with an urgent need, such as processing an oil and gas drilling permit, you can locate the appropriate contact information using the RRC website at:

Protested Applications

1.  Types of Protestants
  • Affected person. The rules define an affected person as "a person who has suffered or will suffer actual injury or economic damage other than as a member of the general public, and includes surface owners of record of property on which the well is located and adjoining offset operators."
  • Local government.
2.  Time Limits for Protesting
  • The rules provide a minimum fifteen-day opportunity for protest. The fifteen-day period begins on the latest of three dates:
    • the date the application is received by the Commission with the appropriate fee;
    • the date notice is mailed or delivered to the surface owner, offset operators, and city/county clerks; and
    • the date notice is published.
  • A protest may be filed anytime before the permit is issued.
3.  Options for Applicant
  • Withdraw the application.
  • Obtain a letter from the protestant withdrawing the protest.
  • Request a hearing. 


    An application must be administratively complete before it may be set for hearing.

Last Updated: 3/23/2016 2:43:30 PM