Implementation of RRC Revisions to Form PR, Monthly Production ReportAugust 30, 2021
The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) adopted revisions to the instructions to Form PR, Monthly Production Report on February 23, 2021. The revisions support the RRC’s regulation of flaring and venting of produced natural gas. The proposed revisions are to the Form PR Instructions, instructions on how operators need to complete the Form PR, not to the structure of the form itself.
The adopted revisions include two changes to the Form PR Instructions that apply to all new and corrected Form PR filings for production cycle months of September 2021 and later:
- “Disposition Code 4”, which was used to report the volume of gas that was vented or flared, has been discontinued. “Disposition Code 4” will continue to be used for all new and corrected production reports for reporting cycle months of August 2021 and earlier.
- Two new disposition codes have been implemented to allow operators to allocate gas. For gas that was flared, use “Disposition Code 10”. For gas that was vented, use “Disposition Code 11”. This change will allow the RRC to quantify the legal disposition of gas that was flared and vented.
The adopted revisions included a third change to Form PR, but that change will not be required until January 1, 2022. This third change will be active on September 1, 2021, however, and operators may begin using it at any time:
- When an operator allocates gas to Disposition Codes 10 or 11, the operator will be required to enter one or more two-letter codes to the existing “REMARKS” field on the form. Those two letter codes correspond to the authority under which the gas was flared or vented, and include the following:
- AR – Authorized by Rule
- AE – Authorized by Exception
- EP – Exception Pending
- EX – Exempt
The former Form PR Instructions required an operator to “Indicate why the gas was vented or flared in REMARKS on Form PR”. The revised form makes these remarks uniform by requiring categorization of the authorization for the release.
To view the Form PR and its instructions, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/oil-and-gas-forms/.