Instructor-Led Class
Local Control of Oil and Gas Waste
6 Continuing Education Hours

This class is an examination of the various easy that local governments can use state criminal laws, and local ordinances, to control illegal hauling, dumping, and spilling of oil and gas waste. Such waste includes things such as used drilling mud, hydraulic fracturing and well work-over waste, and produced salt water. This subject will be examined within the context of overall enforcement of illegal dumping laws. Specific statutes to be reviewed include THSC Sec. 341.013(c); Texas Water Code Chapter 29; Natural Resources Code Chapter 91 (and 16 Texas Administrative Code Sec. 3.8); and various criminal sections of Texas Water Code Chapter 7. The class will also discuss the limits on using THSC Chapter 365 -- the "standard" Texas statute against illegal dumping -- in dealing with this type of waste.

Who Should Attend
Local code enforcement officers and registered sanitarians; local peace officers; local health department officers; specialized environmental enforcement officers; fire marshals and firefighters; prosecutors; city and county staff and elected officials needing a good understanding of the approaches available to control hauling, spilling, and dumping of oil and gas waste; state agency officers needing a good understanding of the enforcement powers available to local governments.

Six (6) hours code enforcement/RS continuing education credits will be awarded for successful completion. For code enforcement officers, this class includes one hour in "Legal / Legislative Update Related to the Profession of Code Enforcement." Six (6) hours TCOLE credit may be given at the discretion of participant's agency (Lesson Plan and Instructor Biography will be provided to Agency Training Officer). Peace officers seeking to earn TCOLE credits for completion of Class 3880 should verify with their Training Officer that this class meets Agency requirements prior to registration. In some cases TCOLE credit will be filed by the local agency hosting the class.

Your instructor for this class is John Ockels, Ph.D, Director of Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center. If you need to contact him for any reason, you can do so at