Top Stories and Achievements for the RRC in 2023 Year in Review

December 27, 2023

The RRC's 2023 Year in Review highlights our commitment to protecting Texans and the environment by surpassing high standards set by the Legislature and by meeting or exceeding critical performance measures in orphaned well plugging and pipeline safety inspections.

The Commission also increased our outreach efforts to the public and operators, and expressed our concerns about federal overreach that could negatively impact the Texas economy and affect the vitality of our state’s oil and gas industry.

In 2023, the RRC once again excelled in our critical mission to protect Texas communities. Our renowned well plugging program helped the National Park Service on a project that garnered yet another award for the program; the map that helps state agencies ensure uninterrupted gas and electricity during weather emergencies got enhanced; and the state’s flaring rate remains at very low levels in our ongoing commitment to reduce flaring. See more of those highlights and watch the RRC Commissioners talk about our 2023 success in this year’s Year in Review.

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