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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:

Interested Parties Mailing List


Bureau Chief:

Emily Hernandez (505) 490-5472

Environmental Staff:

Carl Chavez (505) 660-7923

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

Brad Jones (505) 469-7486

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

Bradford Billings (505) 670-6549

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

Ramona Marcus (505) 470-3044

  • Compliance Officer
  • C-141 Forms

Cristina Eads (505) 670-5601

  • Hydrologist and Groundwater Remediations

Jim Griswold (505) 660-1067

  • Hydrologist and Groundwater Remediations


  • Hydrologist and Groundwater Remediations



See C-133 Water Hauler List on our Statistics page


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


Guidelines for Hydrostatic Tests


Brine Well Website



“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 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



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


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