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Oil & Gas

Regulating the exploration, production, & transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas

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Save the Dates - 2024 RRC Regulatory Conference


April 15, 2024

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) invites oil & gas and pipeline operators and other industry representatives to attend its annual conference.

Who:     Railroad Commission of Texas

What:    2024 RRC Regulatory Conference

When:   Tuesday, July 30 - Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Where:  AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas

Registration will open in early June. To view the event webpage, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/organization-and-activities/activities/workshops-and-conferences/2024-rrc-regulatory-conference/.

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What we do

The Railroad Commission, through its Oil and Gas Division, regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. Its statutory role is to:

  1. prevent waste of the state's natural resources,
  2. to protect the correlative rights of different interest owners,
  3. to prevent pollution, and
  4. to provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide.

The division accomplishes these goals by permitting and reporting requirements; by field inspections, testing programs and monitoring industry activities in the field; and through programs to remediate abandoned wells and sites through the use of fees and taxes paid by industry.
The Oil and Gas Division is headquartered in Austin, Texas with nine district offices spread over the state.

Drilling Permit Processing Time
as of April 16th, 2024

Expedited Permits: approximately 2
Business days
Standard Permits: approximately   4
Business days

Tips on submitting a problem-free drilling permit.



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