RRC Enforcement Actions Taken at Commissioners’ Oct. 6 Conference

10/09/2015

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed more than $1.1 million in fines involving 432 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners’ conference earlier this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state’s oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety. 

One operator was assessed $75,688 in four oil & gas protested enforcement dockets that went to hearing. The final order can be found here. 

Operators were assessed $461,253 after failing to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings. Details on these Master Default Orders can be found here. 

Operators were ordered to come into compliance with Commission rules; remediate pollution; plug or shut in wells; and assessed $67,997 for oil and gas, LP-Gas and Pipeline Safety rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $549,500 for violations of the Commission’s Pipeline Damage Prevention rules. Details on all these Master Agreed Orders can be found here. 

In the absence of timely motions for rehearing, decisions are final as stated in these final orders. 

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Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov.