Texas regulator assesses over $1.5 million in fines against oil, gas operators
The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $1,632,973 in fines involving 417 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners’ Conference on Tuesday. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state’s oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.
Twenty-two dockets involved $639,355 in penalties after operators failed to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings.
Operators were ordered to come into compliance with Commission rules and assessed $74,868 for any oil and gas, LP-Gas, critical infrastructure, or pipeline safety rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $918,750.00 for violations of the Commission’s Pipeline Damage Prevention rules.