RRV Open Meeting

RRC open meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. View the webcast here http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/rcc/

RRC Online System & Online Research Queries System Issues

The RRC Online System and Online Research Queries System has been restored except for the following online applications:

  • eFile (GS Tariff eFile System)
  • H-5 (Disposal/Injection Well Pressure Test)
  • H-9 (Certificate of Compliance Statewide Rule 36)
  • H-15 (Older Inactive Well Test Report)
  • W-3 and W3A (Well Plugging)
  • W-15 (Cementing Report)

Our goal today is to continue to provide access to additional applications, if possible by later this afternoon, and updates as applications are made available.

Drone Program FAQs

Why is the Railroad Commission of Texas using drones?

  Drones provide three benefits to the agency’s field inspectors responding to emergencies.  First, drones enable Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) inspectors to access areas that are hard to reach in person.  These include remote sites, areas with difficult terrain, and bodies of water.  Second, drones allow RRC inspectors to conduct needed inspections of spills, leaks, and emergency situations from a safe distance.  Lastly, drones enable quicker agency response to spills, leaks, and other emergency situations.

What type of drones and drone software are being used?

The agency has six DJI Mavic 2 Dual Enterprise Edition drones and two Mavic 2 Enterprise Zoom drones. Each drone is operated using the DroneSense platform.

Who is flying the drones?

All RRC drone program pilots are RRC employees. As of May 2020, 19 RRC employees are certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as drone pilots.

What will the drones be used for?

RRC uses the drones for the purposes authorized within Chapter 423, Texas Government Code. Specifically, the agency uses drones at the scene of a spill, or suspected spill, of hazardous materials, in connection with oil pipeline safety, and, if other instances requiring response arise, with the consent of the owner or occupant of real property. The use of drones for these statutorily-authorized purposes enhances RRC’s ability to inspect for compliance with the agency’s Statewide Rules and the Code of Federal Regulations.