Industry Notices & Resources


Reeves County Outdoor Lighting Ordinance (2021). Updated language on shielding, color temperature, intensity, and timing. Floodlights should be aimed downward. 


In West Texas, astronomers worry about growing oilfield light pollution (2021). Travis Bubenik for Marketplace. 


Railroad Commission of Texas Reminds Operators to Reduce Light Near McDonald Observatory. Notice to Operators, Railroad Commission of Texas (February 2016, 2019, & 2021).


Texas General Land Office requires its oil and gas lessees to follow the recommended lighting practices to protect our environment from light pollution. The Texas General Land Office (2019). 


Recommended Lighting Practices for Oil and Gas Operators. McDonald Observatory (2018). 


Upgraded Rig Lighting Improves Night Time Visibility While Reducing Threat to the Dark Skies in West Texas. Bill Wren and Stacey Locke (2015).