Texas Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991 (OSPRA), Texas Natural Resources Code (TNRC) 40.001 to 40.304

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Inland spills: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 327.4

Initial notification: 30 TAC 327.3

Spill response actions: 30 TAC 327.5(a)

Follow-up report: 30 TAC 327.5(c)

Coastal waters: 31 TAC 19.31 to 19.39

Facility responsibilities: 31 TAC 19.34

Agency response: 31 TAC 19.33

Waivers: 31 TAC 19.39

Disposal and cleanup: 31 TAC 19.36

Completion reports: 31 TAC 19.37

Crude oil cleanup: 16 TAC 3.91

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Texas General Land Office (GLO)

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Oil and Gas Division

State Emergency Response Commission

To report oil spills, contactTCEQ at 800-832-8224Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00 Or for 24-hour reporting,at 512-239-2507 or 512-463-7727

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas has developed its own regulations relating to spills of oil into state waters under Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA). The state has an oil facility certification program and release notification requirements. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for guidance on the state's requirements.

Administration and enforcement. General oil spill reporting and response requirements are administered by the TCEQ. The TCEQ also responds to certain inland oil spills.

The GLO is the lead state agency for preventing and responding to oil spills in the state's coastal waters. In the event a discharge appears to be from a facility for the exploration, development, or production of oil or gas, or from an ...


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