Surface Waste Management Manual
Application for a Permit to Discharge Produced Water to Inland Waters
Application should be made by letter of request, there is no application form. You may number your responses to correspond to the requests for information outlined below. The application must contain this information before it can be processed.
- Operator name, address and telephone number. Note that unless otherwise specified in an application, the permit and correspondence will only be mailed to the operator’s P-5 address.
- Identify the county, field(s), lease name(s), lease number(s), and well number(s) producing the water to be discharged. Include any wells that are currently shut-in but may contribute to the discharge sometime in the future.
- Include a list of the average and estimated maximum water production rates (bbl/day) on a well-by-well basis. Also indicate whether you believe the maximum produced water rate will increase, and if so, to what rate. Any discharge permit issued may contain a discharge rate restriction.
- Include a drawing and description of the treatment the produced water will receive before being discharged. Indicate the size of tanks and/or pits and show any special piping, baffles, weirs, etc. inside tanks or pits to minimize turbulence, control oil carry over, control water level, etc. Include a copy of any technical data available from the manufacturer on any equipment used to treat the water.
- Pits associated with oil and gas activities are required to be permitted unless they are authorized by Statewide Rule 8(d)(4). If any pits are used to treat or contain the water prior to discharge, please advise of the use and size of each pit. Include permit numbers for all permitted pits.
- List any chemicals that are in use or will be used to treat the water or oil, the purpose for using the chemicals, and the concentrations used. Attach a copy of the manufacturer’s brochure and the safety data sheets for each chemical.
- A representative sample of the produced water you wish to discharge must be analyzed as outlined in Table 1 – Discharge Permit for Produced Water or Gas Plant Effluent Water. Analyses must be performed according to procedures approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. The complete laboratory analytical report including chain of custody must be included in the application. If you have any reason to believe any analyzed contaminant will increase or decrease in concentration during the time you wish to discharge, you must advise us of which contaminant, whether the concentration of the contaminant will increase or decrease, and the extent, if known, of the expected increase or decrease.
- Please indicate the latitude - longitude coordinates to the nearest second for the discharge point, the treatment facility, and each wellhead associated with this discharge.
- Indicate on a county highway map or topographic map:
- The location of the treatment facility,
- The proposed discharge point, and
- The route the discharged water will take to the nearest watercourse (creek or river).
- If any of these water front tracts are within an incorporated city, town, or village, then notice shall be given to the city clerk.
- The applicant shall mail or deliver the required notice to the surface owners on or before the date the application is mailed or delivered to the Commission in Austin.
- After giving the required notice, you must file with the Commission a map showing the property boundaries and identifying the names and addresses of the property owners notified and the dates they were notified.
- You must include a signed statement verifying that the listed persons are all the persons required by Rule 8 to be notified.
"I certify that I am authorized to make this application, that this application was prepared by me or under my supervision and direction, and that the data and facts stated herein are true, correct, and complete to the best of my knowledge.”
The application and any attachments should be mailed to:
Railroad Commission of Texas
Oil and Gas Division
P. O. Box 12967
Austin, TX 78711-2967
Send a copy of the application and any attachments to the appropriate District Office.
Before any permit may be issued, the operator must have an Organization (Form P-5) on file with the Austin Office of the Commission.
Requirements for renewal of expiring permits:
An application to renew an existing discharge permit must consist of a written request to renew the permit and must include a complete copy of the above discharge permit application, including a new Produced Water Analysis.
Note that if any permitted pits are associated with the discharge, a Form H-11 must be submitted for renewal of the pit permit.
Last Updated: 7/26/2019 10:47:15 AM