Railroad Commission Hosts South African Delegation

03/24/2015

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas met in San Antonio today with delegates representing South Africa’s Ministry of Minerals and Energy. The meeting was part of an Unconventional Gas Workshop organized by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of International Affairs.

During the workshop, Commission staff discussed the agency’s successful regulation of the oil and gas industry in Texas. Information was shared on the Commission’s comprehensive rules and procedures that protect the public and natural resources while maintaining a regulatory framework that is beneficial to all Texans. Specific areas of discussion included regulations, environmental permitting, well construction requirements, and well inspection and monitoring in the field.

The meeting represents one of the ongoing efforts of the International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP) at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the cabinet‐level agency responsible for natural and cultural resource management in the United States. Established in 1995, the DOI International Technical Assistance Program (DOI‐ITAP) provides capacity building to other countries and fosters direct, sustained government‐to‐government professional exchanges between U.S. natural resource managers and their counterparts in other countries.

Over the past century the Railroad Commission has established itself as a global leader in the regulation of oil and gas exploration and production. The Commission is known nationally and internationally for its expertise and successful regulatory practices. In addition to South Africa, representatives of Australia, Japan, Germany and Argentina have reached out to the Commission since the beginning of 2015.

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