RRC Commissioners Assess More Than $400,000 in Penalties

May 21, 2020

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $413,046 in fines involving 311 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners’ Conference on May 20. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state’s oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.

Two dockets involved$21,796 in penalties after operators failed to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings. Details on these  Master Default Orders can be found on the RRC website here.

Operators were ordered to come into compliance with Commission rules and assessed $21,250 for oil and gas, LP-Gas or pipeline safety rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $370,000 for violations of the Commission’s Pipeline Damage Prevention rules.

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

About the Railroad Commission:
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/about-us/.