Railroad Commission Adopts Key Well Construction Rule

The Texas Railroad Commission passed a long-awaited rule on Friday to strengthen the construction of oil and gas wells.

The rule, known as the “well-integrity rule,” passed by a unanimous vote among the three commissioners. It will take effect next January, and will update the commission’s requirements for the process of drilling wells, putting pipe down them and cementing things in place.

“We are sending a strong message to the rest of the states and the federal government that we are doing things right in Texas,” Commissioner David Porter said in comments shortly before the rule was adopted.

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