Governing Law and Regulations
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 ...