RRC commissioners assess nearly $1 million in penalties


AUSTIN -- The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $939,780 in fines involving 288 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.

Thirty-six dockets involved $514,280 in penalties after operators failed to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings. Details on these Master Default Orders can be found on the RRC website.

Operators were ordered to come into compliance with Commission rules and assessed $38,250 for oil and gas, LP-Gas or pipeline safety rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $387,250 for violations of the Commission's Pipeline Damage Prevention rules. Details on all these Master Agreed Orders can be found on the RRC website.

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