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Oil and Gas Facilities: Water Compliance Information

Water compliance tools for oil and gas facilities in Texas.

Water Compliance Information

  • Regulation of Oil and Gas Construction Activities Exit the TCEQ under EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for Stormwater
  • Water Rights–Any activity intending to divert, impound, take or use surface water, or begin construction for the above-listed activities must be permitted by the TCEQ prior to commencement.
    • Temporary water rights – May not be granted in river basins that are affected by drought. There are two categories of temporary water rights, those requesting 10 acre-feet or less for one year or less and those requesting more than 10 acre-feet per year for no more than 3 years.
    • Groundwater – Texas groundwater is managed by regional Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs). Maps, facts, and contact information can be found on the TCEQ GCD webpage and the Texas Water Development GCD webpage The Texas Groundwater Protection Committee has several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on GCDs   (listed under the Administrative Entities heading) and additional information on Oil, Gas & Mining.

    • Dam Safety–When a person proposes to conduct certain activities near a dam, the owner of the dam or our executive director may request that the person have a professional engineer perform an evaluation to determine if the integrity of the dam would be compromised.

    Please click on one of the following links for more information about oil and gas compliance.

    Oil & Gas Updates

    EPA has issued final updates to requirements for storage tanks used in oil and natural gas production

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    Visit the new website for the Oil and Gas Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown (MSS) Permit by Rule (PBR). 30 TAC §106.359

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    Sign up for e-mail updates Check the box next to "Oil and Gas Compliance-Resource Updates."

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    Barnett Shale Information

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    Eagle Ford Shale Information

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