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How to Search Oil and Gas Hearings Files
The Oil and Gas Hearings files:
New Field Discovery files
Rule 37 and 38 files
Administrative Penalty Cases
Consists of images of closed hearings files received by Central Records since July 2011. Older hearings are being imaged as time permitsl. Currently all hearings for Districts 1 and 2 are online and District 3 hearings are being added.
Include correspondence, examiners notes, and exhibits that may include geological and seismic data, well logs, reserve estimates, calculated depletion rates, plats, and maps.
PDF files of the hearings can be viewed online by clicking here.
There are 13 keyfield indices that can be used to search for a desired file. The keyfield indices are:
Hearing Date (date range)
Application File Date (date range)
Final Order / Administratively Closed Date (date range)
If you know the docket number of the hearing you are interested in, that is the only value box you need to populate. Generally, less information will provide a better search result.
To the right of each Value box there is information describing the requirements. Several Fields allow the use of the wildcard ( ) feature. Use the asterisk (*) when you are unsure of the spelling of a name or when you would like to see records for all formations of a field:
Returns results where 'texas' has to be an exact match for the Value
Equivalent to "Begins with" search
Equivalent to "Ends with" search
Equivalent to "Contains" search
Docket numbers are numeric with the following exceptions:
Docket Number Search Value:
Discovery Allowable hearings (may be interchangeable with NFD)
New Field Discovery hearings (may be interchangeable with DISC ALLOW)