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Oil and Gas Activities

While the regulation of oil and gas activities in Texas falls primarily under the jurisdiction of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) plays an important role in the areas of air quality, surface water management, water quality, and waste management.

Compliance Alerts

  • HOTGuidance for Bulk Crude Oil Storage Regulated by TCEQ – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, TCEQ has received numerous inquiries related to the regulatory requirements of temporary storage of excess crude oil in aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) at locations not regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). While the storage of crude oil in ASTs is not regulated under TCEQ Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) rules, there are other permitting, reporting, and spill requirements that we regulate. The purpose of this guide is to summarize TCEQ's regulatory oversight for those storage tanks in Texas.
  • HOTSour Gas Handling Compliance – Permitting options and guidance relating to oil and gas sites that handle or produce ‘sour’ gas.

General Information

Air Quality

Compliance Resources

The TCEQ regulates certain aspects of oil and gas operations. You can easily find more information about oil and gas compliance at the following links:

The Small Business and Local Government Assistance (SBLGA) program provides confidential technical assistance without the threat of enforcement.

Where can I find more information and assistance?

The TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section offers free, confidential help to small businesses and local governments working to comply with state environmental regulations. Call us at (800) 447-2827 or visit our Web page at

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