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TRRC Operator Qualification and Drug Testing Waiver

The Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) announced several actions to speed recovery from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Pipeline operators that need to request an emergency waiver of 49 CFR §§ 199.105 (relating to pre-employment and random drug testing for all pipeline workers), Subpart N of 49 CFR Part 192 (relating to qualification of pipeline personnel), and Subpart G of 49 CFR Part 195 (relating to qualification of pipeline personnel) for purposes of conducting an emergency response to damage and/or repairs of facilities and operations as a result of Hurricane Harvey, please send your request on company letterhead signed by an officer of the company to that includes, to the extent the information is available:

  • A description of the covered tasks that will be performed by out-of-state personnel;
  • The general location (example: facility/subdivision/town) of the work;
  • The date(s) these tasks will be performed; and
  • The number and names of individuals that will be performing the covered tasks.

The Railroad Commission of Texas is currently preparing to issue emergency waivers that are requested in the form described above to the extent necessary.

Click here for more information on TRRC’s response to Hurricane Harvey, including information for operators and links to more helpful resources. TRRC’s 24-hour, toll-free emergency line to report a pipeline, or oil & gas related release is (844) 773-0305. Additional TRRC phone numbers are below:

  • Main Number: (877) 228-5740
  • Houston District Office: (713) 869-5001
  • San Antonio District Office: (210) 227-1313
  • Corpus Christi District Office: (361) 242-3113