Despite Pandemic, Railroad Commission Has Strong 2020

Agency Highlights Accomplishments in Year in Review Publication

December 17, 2020

AUSTIN – When the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world in 2020, the Railroad Commission of Texas took special measures to protect the health of its employees while undertaking initiatives to seamlessly continue operations for its critical mission to protect public safety and the environment.

In its annual Year in Review publication, the story of the pandemic and the Railroad Commission is told. And, spoiler alert, the agency has improved in many meaningful ways in 2020 that will expand the agency’s valuable contribution to Texas.

The Year in Review has in-depth features on how the agency sped up efforts to provide online training; its new CASES portal, which allows people with cases before the RRC to electronically submit paperwork and for the public to view them; the drone program, which allows inspectors to quickly respond to emergencies; the digitization of many of its historic records; and much more.

The RRC staff’s hard work also paid off as the agency exceeded several key legislative performance goals even in the midst of a pandemic.

All the highlights are in the Year in Review, which can be found via this link.

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