TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION
The Railroad Commission was charged in 1917 with regulation of the Oil & Gas industry in Texas. The RRC has three elected commissioners who serve staggered 6-year terms.
The RRC serves Texas through:
our stewardship of natural resources and the environment;
our concern for personal and community safety; and
our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans.
TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state's public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. The TCEQ is led by the Executive Director who is appointed by the Governor..
US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the U.S. federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the president and approved by Congress. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank.
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. The scientists of the USGS study the landscape of the United States, its natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten it. The organization has four major science disciplines, concerning biology, geography, geology, and hydrology. The USGS is a fact-finding research organization with no regulatory responsibility.
PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
PHMSA is the federal agency that oversees Pipeline Safety. Their mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to their daily lives. To do this, they establish national policy, set and enforce standards, educate, and conduct research to prevent incidents. They also prepare the public and first responders to reduce consequences if an incident does occur.