To keep the Texas coast safe from oil spills, the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program ensures that vessels and facilities comply with state law requiring them to plan ahead for potential spills.
Auditing, inspecting, certifying facilities and registering vessels to ensure compliance is another function of the Land Office program, ensuring companies' response plans are up-to-date and equipment is ready for use in case of a spill. Owners and operators of facilities and vessels can submit required information directly to the Land Office online database. Currently, the Land Office maintains a database with specific information on more than 2,000 vessel companies with over 20,000 vessels. Vessel Registration
The Facility database stores the data for over 600 certified oil handling facilities along the Texas Coast. Facility Certification
Penalizing repeat offenders
The Land Office manages an Administrative Penalty Policy Program to assess and penalize offenders for unauthorized discharge. This program encourages owners and operators to decrease spills and develop written policies, procedures and training to help prevent them from occurring. See the PDF document on policy located to the right of this page.
Rewarding good stewardship
The Land Office also oversees the Sound Management Practice Program, which recognizes companies or operators that have quality prevention and response measures in place. If a spill does occur, companies in this program may be assessed smaller penalties. Learn More
Area Contingency Plans
In partnership with federal, state and local agencies, the Land Office works to create Area Contingency Plans which address preventing and responding to a worst-case spill along the Texas coast. In addition, members of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response staff conduct coordinated spill response drills with facilities and vessels under the National Preparedness Response Exercise Program. Learn More