The Railroad Commission of Texas is the state agency with primary regulatory jurisdiction over the oil and natural gas industries, pipeline transporters, natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry, natural gas utilities, the LPG/LNG/CNG industries, and coal and uranium surface mining operations. The Commission is recognized throughout the United States and the world as leader in developing a workable regulatory structure for the energy industry.
The Commission exists under provisions of the Texas Constitution and exercises its statutory responsibilities under state and federal laws for regulation and enforcement of the state’s energy industries. The Commission's main functions are to protect the environment, public safety, and correlative rights of mineral interest owners, prevent waste of natural resources, and assure fair and equitable utility rates in natural gas distribution industries.
The Commission is led by three Commissioners who are statewide officials elected to six-year staggered terms. Serving at the discretion of the Commissioners is an Executive Director who implements polices and rules, and manages the Commission’s daily operations. Supporting the Executive Director is a management team comprised of a Deputy Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and Division Directors who oversee various aspects of the agency.
Approximately 60 percent of the Commission’s staff is located in the Austin headquarters, with remaining staff located throughout the state in Commission field offices. Much of the work of the Commission’s field offices involves onsite inspection regulated industry facilities. In addition, many of the field office locations provide service to walk-in customers seeking assistance. – less