The Texas Oilfield Relief Initiative, spearheaded by Chairman Craddick, seeks to streamline regulation at the RRC and reduce administrative requirements on the oil and gas industry while ensuring that the environment and public are protected. As part of the initiative, during 2017 the RRC eliminated seven obsolete forms, streamlined the drilling permit application process, launched online well log filing, and adjusted the criteria for returning inactive wells to producing status. The latest rule proposal pursuant to the initiative would allow – with certain exceptions – operators to elect not to file an annual well production capability test after they have filed an initial test with the RRC. Under the proposal, if an operator elects not to perform an annual well production capability test, the RRC would use the results of the most recent test or optional allocation on file with the RRC. This proposal would still require operators to file a Form W-10 Oil Well Status Report annually. Also, operators would still be required to file an annual well production capability test when: (i) the well is recompleted into a different regulatory field; (ii) the well is reclassified from gas to oil; (iii) an inactive well is returned to active production status; or (iv) it is necessary to reinstate an allowable.
Further, the current phase of the initiative includes plans to:
Modify the agency’s Geographic Information System mapping tool to allow for an area of review to be identified and downloadable in a CSV file for easier public and industry use;
Expand online use of forms for easier compliance and transmittal of information, with the goal of saving staff and industry time and costs;
Modify Acreage Designation data sheets (Form P-16, Attachments 1A and 2A) to allow staff and industry to utilize a downloadable file for easier manipulation; and
Improve the agency’s online system to allow industry to file a blanket Producer’s Transportation Authority and Certificate of Compliance (P-4) form for gatherers by lease or by operator rather than changing the name on each well, with the goal of saving staff and industry time and costs.