RRC Accepting Comments on Amendments to Chapter 5 Rules Relating to Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

June 15, 2023

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is accepting public comment on proposed amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 5, relating to Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

Proposed amendments to 16 TAC §5.102, §5.201, §§5.203 - 5.207 are intended to respond to recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that Texas’ regulations concerning geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (Class VI injection wells) meet the minimum federal requirements for enforcement primacy for the federal Class VI Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. The EPA protects underground sources of drinking water by regulating the injection of fluids underground for storage or disposal. The Safe Drinking Water Act and UIC program provide the primary regulatory framework.

To view the proposed rule amendments and submit comments online by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2023, visit the RRC website at https://rrc.texas.gov/general-counsel/rules/proposed-rules/ under “Carbon Dioxide – Various Rules”.