The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas with delegated authority by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The pipeline is an intrastate pipeline as defined by in Section 2(16) of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (“NGPA”) and 15 U.S.C. §3301(16). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversees the application for the border crossing permit.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's PHMSA is the federal agency that establishes minimum pipeline safety standards under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49, Parts 190 - 199. The Trans-Pecos Pipeline follows these regulations in addition to those set forth by the Railroad Commission of Texas (TRRC).
The pipeline is also governed by federal environmental laws including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Rivers and Harbor Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Historical Preservation Act.
The pipeline also filed for permits with, provided information to, or engaged in required consultations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Historical Commission, and numerous state entities.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Natural Gas Supply Association
Railroad Commission of Texas
The Railroad Commission of Texas (TRRC), through its Oil and Gas Division, regulates the exploration, production and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. Its statutory role is to (1) prevent waste of the state's natural resources, (2) to protect the correlative rights of different interest owners, (3) to prevent pollution, and (4) to provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide. The division accomplishes these goals by permitting and reporting requirements; by field inspections, testing programs and monitoring industry activities in the field; and through programs to remediate abandoned wells and sites through the use of fees and taxes paid by industry. The Oil and Gas Division is headquartered in Austin, Texas with nine district offices spread over the state.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline received the TRRC's Oversight and Safety Division T-4 Permit on April 6, 2015 which grants permission to operate a pipeline in Texas. It certifies compliance with Railroad Commission Rule 16 Tex. Admin. Code §3.70 governing pipelines in accordance with Texas Natural Resources Code, §81.051.