Community Resources

Safety and the Environment

Comprehensive regulations governing Texas oil and natural gas exploration and production are protecting the environment. Oil and natural gas operators that don’t follow strict oil and gas regulations can lose their permit to operate in Texas.

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Protecting the Air

All oil and natural gas operators must comply with stringent TCEQ regulations established to control air emissions.

Depending on the nature of the operation, oil and natural gas operators may be subject to specific permitting requirements.

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Protecting Groundwater

Wells are required by law to be constructed with multiple layers of industrial-grade steel casing (pipe) which is surrounded by cement to create a redundant safeguard for underground freshwater supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency recently completed a comprehensive five year study of fracking’s effects on drinking water and concluded that fracking has not led to water contamination. 

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