AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas is adding quarterly oil and gas enforcement data to the agency’s website, according to a press release from the Commission.
The additions are part of the RRC’s “continued commitment to informing Texans about the agency’s actions to protect public safety and the environment.”
Beginning with the first quarter Fiscal Year 2017 report, new enforcement information posted includes:
- Number of oil and gas facility inspections with no violation
- Number of statewide oil and gas rule violations
- Number of major statewide oil and gas rule violations
- Number of district-initiated severance/seal orders
In addition to enhancing transparency by creating new reporting categories for quarterly enforcement reporting, the Commission says it is updating its definition of major oil and gas violations.
Major violation now is defined as a safety or pollution-related violation that causes a significant impact to public safety or the environment, is accompanied by conditions that indicate a significant impact to public safety or the environment is imminent, or is the result of deliberate disregard of rules and regulations related to public safety or environmental protection.
Also, major violations are now reported at the time of discovery in the field rather than at the time of referral for penalty action, as recommended by the Sunset Commission.
This updated definition helps comprehensively, timely and uniformly categorize violations as major and will make these violations easier to track.
The oil and gas field operations and enforcement Data can be found here.