Milestone: Operators File 1,000 Oil and Gas Well Completion Reports Online Since April

06/14/2010

Seminars on How to Use New System Scheduled for June 24, July 8 & July 29

AUSTIN ––Texas oil and gas operators are quickly adopting the Commission’s latest electronic reporting system, having filed more than 1,000 well completion reports online through the Commission’s website at www.rrc.texas.gov since the system was launched statewide in April.

Well completion reports are one of the final reporting steps that Texas oil and gas operators must take to complete an oil, natural gas or service well.

The Commission has conducted seminars for operators on how to use the new system since April. Three more seminars are available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

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

Chairman Victor Carrillo said, “About an estimated 25 percent of the state’s oil and gas completion records are now being filed with this new online system in just two months. This, is one of the quickest online technology adoption rates that we’ve seen at the Commission so far since we began moving our major reporting systems, such as production reports, away from paper in 2005.”

Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones said, “Using the same formats for all Commission online systems have made it easier for operators to transition from a paper system to an electronic system, and as a result we are seeing a quicker adoption rate each time we introduce a new electronic reporting system.”

Commissioner Michael L. Williams said, “The Commission processes about 14,000 new well completion reports alone each year. So transitioning these reports from paper to an electronic system will clearly enhance our agency’s continual efforts to streamline and make our regulatory processes more efficient.”

The benefits of using 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.

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