Railroad Commission Working to Help Energy Production, Supply During Winter Storm

February 15, 2021

AUSTIN – As Texas endures a harsh winter storm, the RRC is actively engaged in daily calls with other state agencies, oil and gas producers, pipeline systems, and utilities throughout the state’s energy and electricity supply chain. Some producers, especially in the Permian Basin and Panhandle, are reportedly experiencing unprecedented freezing conditions and intermittent power loss which caused concerns for employee safety and affected production. 

The RRC, industry, and other state and local entities are working together to keep tabs on supply and demand and make necessary adjustments to ensure Texans are safe and warm. As part of the statewide response, RRC commissioners issued an emergency order on Friday evening to prioritize gas supplies to facilities serving human needs. RRC also issued a notice asking oil and gas operators to monitor and maintain operations as safety permits.

Residents and businesses can also take some important steps to reduce power demand and help the current situation. Read more about conservation recommendations on our website.

About the Railroad Commission:
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit https://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.