Railroad Commission Prepared for Hurricane Laura Response

Agency's Inspectors, Drone Teams Standing by to Assist with Leaks, Spills

August 27, 2020

AUSTIN– The Railroad Commission is monitoring the impact of Hurricane Laura in Texas and is ready to respond to any emergencies caused by the hurricane.  

Inspectors are ready to respond to reports of leaks or spills or other issues in oil and gas operations, pipelines, natural gas utilities, liquified petroleum gas (LP-gas), and coal and uranium surface mining operations.

Inspectors will enter damaged areas to respond to emergencies if it is safe do so. The agency also has drone teams ready to perform inspections if necessary. RRC drone teams are also prepared to assist emergency response efforts led by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, if called upon.

The RRC maintains a 24-hour, toll-free emergency line; call 844-773-0305 to report leaks or spills.

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 http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.