Oil and gas exploration and production in the State of Texas is regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas- Oil and Gas Division. Founded in the 1930’s the RRC has held a leading role in the regulation of oil and gas throughout the world ever since. Texas is the top oil and gas producing state in the country and if it was a separate nation would rank among the top 10 producing nations in the world.
The Railroad Commission, through its Oil & Gas Division, regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. Its statutory role is to:
(1) Prevent waste of the State’s natural resources
(2) Protect the correlative rights of different interest owners
(3) Prevent pollution
(4) Provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide
The Commission grants drilling permits, assigns production allowables, monitors operators production reports, audits production to ensure production did not exceed allowables, regulates oil field injection and disposal well, and administers an abandoned well plugging and abandoned site remediation program.
The Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners is an organization with good information found on their website:
Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners
Founded in 1946, TIPRO has grown to become one of the largest statewide organizations of its kind, serving more than 2,400 independent producers and royalty owners. The organization strives to ensure that elected officials, local leaders and the public gain better understanding of the oil and gas operations and appreciate the positive economic impact that the industry has. TIPRO exists to preserve the ability to explore and produce oil and natural gas and to promote the general welfare of its members.
Texas Oil & Gas Association
Founded in 1919, TXOGA is a general, multipurpose trade association representing the Texas oil and gas industry. With some 4,000 members, it is the oldest and largest organization in the state representing petroleum interests and continues to serve as the only organization in the state which embraces all segments of this industry. Members include independent oil and gas producers, oil and gas producing and purchasing companies, refining companies, marketing companies, drilling contractors, land men, lease brokers, geologists, consulting engineers, royalty owners, pipe line companies and contractors, transportation companies, carbon black companies, geophysical companies, equipment and supply firms, well servicing contractors, oil and gas tax Attorneys, insurance companies, banks, and others interested in promoting the welfare of the industry.
The organization concentrates on legislation, regulation and public/industry affairs.
Another good reference is the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association
Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association
Established in 1929, PPROA is a trade association that represents not only oil and gas producers and support companies, but also mineral interest owners in the Texas panhandle, western Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas.