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Environmental Bureau

The Environmental Bureau develops and enforces all of the environmental regulations and programs in the oil and gas industry for the prevention of ground water contamination.  The bureau uses an environmental permitting process that addresses all aspects of waste disposal.  To assist in the permitting process, rules and regulations are contained under publications.  For inquiry, permits contain a comprehensive listing of all facilities currently permitted or in the process of being permitted, and data contains a comprehensive listing of all spills and ground remediations.  The bureau provides a forum for the public to receive and share information and viewpoints regarding current environmental issues. 

Public Notice:
Applications, Draft Permits, Public Notices and Interested Parties - Notification List

Bureau Chief:

Jim Griswold (505) 476-3465

  • Hydrologist and Groundwater Remediations

Environmental Engineers:

Carl Chavez (505) 476-3490

  • Discharge Permits, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); Point-of-Contact; Refineries; and Underground Injection Control Program QA/QC Officer

Randy Bayliss (505) 476-3084

  • Hydrologist and Groundwater Remediations

Brad Jones (505) 476-3487

  • Hydrostatic Testing; Pits/Ponds; Produced Water; and Surface Waste Management Facilities

Vacant (505) 476-3403

  • District 1 Hydrologist; Groundwater remediation, GIS modeling, environmental permitting, and Risk-Based Data Management System (RBDMS)

Bradford Billings (505) 476-3482

  • District 2 Artesia Hydrologist; Groundwater remediation, environmental permitting, and Risk-Based Data Management System (RBDMS)

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FACILITIES & LISTS:

See C-133 Water Hauler List on our Statistics page

See Commercial Surface Waste Management Facilities here

Surface Waste Management Web Links and Revised Forms C-137, C-137-EZ and C-138

GUIDANCE (MOST RECENT):

Geothermal Installations

Guidelines for Hydrostatic Tests

MISCELLANEOUS:

Brine Well Website

See Miscellaneous Environmental Presentations and Postings here

OCD POLLUTION PREVENTION & WASTE MINIMIZATION:

“To protect human health and the environment from the effects of development of the state’s oil, gas and geothermal resources.” (Source: OCD Strategic Plan- June 28, 2007)

EPA Organizational Guide to Pollution Prevention

EPA Oil & Gas Extraction & Petroleum Refining Sector Notebook

EPA Pollution Prevention Case Studies

Best Management Practices for Oil & Gas Development: 

The Natural Resources Law Center and its partners welcome you to this free-access website of Best Management Practices for oil and gas development in the Intermountain West (Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). *** Please be advised that some Best Management Practices may not be in compliance with applicable federal, state, or local laws and/or regulations.  Persons using Best Management Practices should use due diligence as they are responsible should their operations fail to adequately contain or prevent contamination that poses a threat to surface water, ground water, human health and the environment. 

Railroad Commission of Texas Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization

    

PUBLIC NOTICE:

See Applications, Draft Permits, Public Notices and Interested Parties Notification List here...

 

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