Governing Law and Regulations
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Railroad Commission of Texas (RRT)
Texas General Land Office (GLO)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)
Local fire and police departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Texas's release notification rules follow the federal regulations, with a few state specific additions for releases from storage tanks and spills associated with the exploration, development, and production of oil, gas, or geothermal activities. All spill reports can be made to the state's toll-free Environmental Emergency Hot Line at 1-800-832-8224.
• Administration and enforcement. The TCEQ is generally the state's lead agency for responding to spills of hazardous substances. However, the GLO is the lead agency for responding to crude oil spills that enter or threaten to enter coastal waters, and the RRT is the lead agency for spills or discharges from all activities associated with the exploration, development, or production, ...