Press release on the digitization of historical production documents



August 11, 2022

AUSTIN — In another initiative to improve transparency and make Board of Railroad documents more widely available to the public, the agency recently completed a project to put all historical oil production records online. and gas.

Database of historical image annual production records includes oil production dating back to 1931 and gas production dating back to 1937. Over 1,300 rolls of microfilm containing approximately 2.2 million images housed in the archive DRR plants were digitized for the project.

While RRC Central Records is available to the public to research historical records using microfilm, digitized production records can be searched and downloaded anywhere and anytime you have an internet connection, not just when you are available to take a trip to Austin.

The decision to convert historical records to digital formats is part of a broad effort to improve the agency’s efficiency and provide easy access to the vast amount of information held by the RRC, which was founded in 1891.

Production recordings, which are the most viewed microfilm in Central Records, are used by researchers, landowners, royalty holders, energy companies, public information seekers and others.

“We are thrilled that our historic production recordings are now available on our website,” said Matthew Herzog, Director of Central Records. “This is an important undertaking and a historic moment for the Commission. Not only does this give the public quick and easy access to information, but it can also save staff time spent researching public information requests. Requesters can now obtain production history information with the click of a mouse if they wish, and our staff can free up time for other tasks. »

digitized historic microfilm rolls

Above left, examples of the microfilm rolls that are now digitized. Top right, online image of digitized historical production documents.

Production information from 1993 to present was already available on the RRC website in the production data query.

Newly digitized historical production records, pre-1993 and dating back to the 1930s, can be found by scrolling down our Imaged Records Query web page. It includes a user guide and video tutorial to help new users research historical records.






About the Board of Railways:

Our mission is to serve Texas through our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support for increased development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to Texas and the nation, including nearly 100 years of regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining, and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the state’s oldest regulatory agency. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.

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