AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $853,226 in fines involving 181 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 $3,104 in an oil and gas docket that went to hearing. The final order for 03-0298004 can be found on the RRC website here.
Operators were assessed $582,303 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 $67,344 for oil and gas, LP-Gas and pipeline safety rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $200,475 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.