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This online database will allow owners and operators access to their facility-specific electronic account and easily update required facility information.

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Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program certifies oil industry facilities along the Texas coast to ensure compliance with state laws preventing oil spills.

According to the 1991 Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA), a facility must be certified by the Land Office if it is employed in handling, storing or transferring oil, and any portion of the facility property is within 100 yards of tidally influenced coastal waters.

Facility owners and operators should contact the Land Office for any questions regarding this requirement. Failure to address application, certification, emergency response planning and operational requirements as prescribed by law may result in penalties.

star How to apply for Facility Compliance Certification

  1. Determine jurisdiction and category.
    Owners and operators of facilities should contact the appropriate Land Office regional field office to arrange for a determination of jurisdiction and facility category.

    “Small Facilities” are structures that have an oil storage capacity of 1,320 U.S. gallons or less or have pipelines  four inches in diameter or smaller.

    "Intermediate Facilities" are structures that have an oil storage capacity of greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons but less than 250,000 gallons or have pipelines greater than four inches in diameter and equal to or less than 12 inches in diameter.

    "Large Facilities" are structures that have an oil storage capacity of greater than 250,000 gallons or have pipelines greater than 12 inches in diameter.
  2. Submit application and prepare response plan.
    If OSPRA applies, the facility owners or operators will be instructed to submit a Discharge Prevention and Response Certificate application and prepare the appropriate facility response plan prior to handling, storing or transferring oil. This application is in the Helpful Documents section on the right of this page.
  3. Maintain facility-specific data online.
    This online database allows owners and operators to access their facility-specific electronic account and easily update required facility information.
  4. Pay certification fee.
    Owners and operators must pay a non-refundable fee of $25.00 for a five-year facility certificate. Contact the Land Office for instructions regarding renewal of the facility certificate.