Friday, May 31, 2013

Railroad Commission of Texas Adopts Well Construction Rule Amendments

On Friday, May 24, the Railroad Commission of Texas adopted new oil and gas well construction requirements (Statewide Rule 13). The new rules heightened well casing tests, monitoring and reporting protocols for surface and intermediate casings in wells, and enhanced the Commission’s oversight of wells meeting certain depth criteria for all wells undergoing hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) treatments. The new rule amendments will take effect on January 1, 2014.

For more information, visit the Railroad Commission of Texas’s website.

Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center

May 2013

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