RRC Completes Successful Year Exceeding Goals to Protect Texas, Maximize Resources

October 06, 2022

AUSTIN – With Fiscal Year 2022 in the books, the Railroad Commission continued its track record of surpassing critical goals that help protect public safety and the environment while also helping the state maximize the use of its natural resources.

The RRC – which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry; critical natural gas infrastructure; intrastate pipelines; the alternative fuels LNG, CNG and LPG; and surface mining of coal and uranium – is held to a high standard by the Texas Legislature through annual performance goals.

From plugging abandoned oil and gas wells to conducting inspections and facilitating an increase in drilling permits, RRC’s staff in Austin and district offices across the state exceeded important goals to protect communities – all during a year in which international conflict amplified the importance of the state’s energy production.

“RRC staff’s strong performance helped keep Texans’ safe, while at the same time ensuring the vital oil and gas industry continued to support national and international energy demand and boosted the Texas economy,” said Wei Wang, RRC Executive Director. “We continue to leverage cutting edge technology such as artificial intelligence and drones to improve efficiency for staff and operators, and we will use our experience to extend our success through the next year.”

Legislative goals the RRC exceeded in FY 22 include:

Category Legislative Target Achieved

Number of orphaned wells plugged with the use of state-managed funds

1,000

1,068

Number of abandoned pollution sites investigated, assessed or cleaned up with the use of state-managed funds

200

245

Number of oil and gas well and facility inspections performed

345,000

359,278

Number pipeline specialized program evaluations performed

1,600

2,153

Number of coal mining inspections performed

400

405

Average number of LPG/CNG/LNG safety inspections per inspector

1,200

1,270

Number of drilling permit applications processed

12,300

13,551


RRC staff is already hard at work in Fiscal Year 2023. The agency’s new Critical Infrastructure Division will conduct first-of-its kind weatherization inspections, and the Oil and Gas Division will plug even more wells using federal grants.


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/.