Railroad Commissioners: Operators Can Now File Well Completion Reports Online with the Railroad Commission

04/19/2010

Online System Helps RRC Continue Streamlining Agency’s Well Permitting Processes

AUSTIN –– One of the final reporting steps that Texas oil and gas operators must take to complete an oil, natural gas or service well is now available online through the Commission’s website at www.rrc.texas.gov, the three Texas Railroad Commissioners announced today.

“In our continuing efforts to streamline and make the agency more efficient at helping Texas remain the nation’s leading oil and natural gas producer, I am proud to announce that operators can now file their completion reports online with the Railroad Commission,” said Chairman Victor Carrillo.

Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones said, “Completion reports help ensure that new wells are in compliance with all the Commission’s statewide rules. Now, instead of multiple reviews by the Commission’s district offices, where the wells are located, and then by Austin staff, the whole process will move online and allow completions to be concurrently reviewed by Commission personnel located in different areas of the state.”

Commissioner Michael L. Williams said, “The completion report is the final audit conducted by Commission staff on a well, and it is a vital component of making sure each oil and gas wellbore has been built, cemented and cased to meet Commission rules designed to protect groundwater and the environment.”

Oil and gas operator benefits under the new online filing system for completions include an ability to track the status of filed completions; immediate submission of a well completion package for review by both Austin and District Office staff; electronic audit of completion data to ensure correct data has been provided; quicker electronic communication between Commission staff and an operator; and the capability to quickly make corrections or upload additional attachments to completion packets under review.

Statewide mini seminars to help oil and gas operator use the online system will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:

  • Midland- April 29, Hilton Midland Plaza
  • San Antonio- June 24, Holiday Inn Downtown Market Square
  • Amarillo- July 8, The Ambassador Hotel
  • Abilene- July 29, the MCM Elegante Suites

More information on registering for these seminars can be found at the following link on the Commission’s website:
http://www.rrc.texas.gov/education/seminars/og/registration.php