Providing a fair and efficient hearing process for contested cases within the RRC's jurisdiction


16 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 1.7 (Ex Parte Communications):

  1. Ex Parte communications are prohibited in contested cases as provided in the APA and other applicable rules including the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
  2. Each party shall provide all other parties with a copy of all documents submitted to an examiner.
    1. The attachment of a certificate of service stating that a document was served on a party creates a rebuttable presumption that the named party was provided a copy.
    2. Failure to provide a copy to all other parties may result in rejection and return of the document without consideration.


Hearings Division Overview

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What we do

The Hearings Division is responsible for scheduling, conducting, and preparing recommendations on hearings concerning oil and gas, gas utilities, pipeline safety, alternative fuels safety, and surface mining matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction. The Commission’s hearings are presided over by eight administrative law judges and eight technical examiners.


Filings pertaining to any docketed matter under review in the Hearings Division must be filed with our Docket Services section via the RRC CASES system, e-file email address, or in Room 12-110 of the William B. Travis Building.

It is preferred that filings be made electronically. Electronic filings should be uploaded by an authenticated user through the CASES portal. For individuals who are not authenticated users, filings may be made by sending an email with the filing as an attachment to the following email address: Hearingsdivision.efile@rrc.texas.gov

Please note: Pleadings that conform with 16 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 1.1-1.131 will be entered as filed when received during normal business hours. Pleadings filed after normal business hours and accepted for filing will be file marked the next business day. Pleadings that fail to conform with 16 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 1.1-1.131 may not be accepted for filing. You will be notified if your filing is not accepted.