Railroad Commission of Texas news update, August 24

RRC Enforcement Actions and Commissioner Wayne Christian Tours Houston Ship Channel

RRC Enforcement Actions Taken at Commissioners' Aug. 21 Conference

AUSTIN - The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $2,683,824 in fines involving 708 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.


One operator was assessed $5,180 in an oil and gas docket that went to hearing. The final order for Docket 10-0309130 can be found on the RRC website here. One operator was assessed $2,500 in a damage prevention docket that went to hearing. The final order for Docket No. 51705 can be found here.


Operators were assessed $1,000,119 after failing to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings. Details on these Master Default Orders can be found on the RRC website here. 


Operators were ordered to come into compliance with Commission rules and assessed $910,225 for oil and gas, LP-Gas and pipeline safety rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $765,800 for violations of the Commission's Pipeline Damage Prevention rules. Details on all these Master Agreed Orders can be found on the RRC website here.


In the absence of timely motions for rehearing, decisions are final as stated in these final orders.




Commissioner Wayne Christian Tours Houston Ship Channel

AUSTIN - Yesterday, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian toured the Houston Ship Channel with the Texas Waterways Operators Association to see first-hand how petroleum and petroleum-based products are exported from Texas.


Texas is the top producer and exporter of oil and natural gas in the United States. Total U.S. crude oil exports rose to a record high of 2 million barrels per day in May, making the U.S. Port District of Houston-Galveston accountable for 70% of crude exports in the United States.


"Marine transportation plays a pivotal role in Texas' ability to export energy across the nation and globe," said Commissioner Christian. "It is the work of Texas mariners and waterway operators that has allowed for our state to change worldwide energy dynamics in our favor."


"Yesterday, the Energy Department announced that for the first time Texas exported more crude oil than it imported," continued Christian. "This is huge news that demonstrates how close we are to energy security as a nation. This energy security is really national security, in that it allows us to be less energy reliant on potentially hostile nations overseas."


A lifelong conservative businessman, Wayne Christian was elected as our 50th Texas Railroad Commissioner in November 2016. Prior to his time at the Commission, Christian served seven Sessions in the Texas House of Representatives, accumulating a strong record of standing for free markets and against burdensome regulations. In addition to his duties as Commissioner, Christian was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as the Official Representative of Texas on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Christian is married to his wife, Lisa, and together they have three daughters, Liza, Lindsey and Lauren.