Several new bills have been filed that might prevent the rubber stamping of injection well permits by the Texas Railroad Commission.
Thanks to Vince at Capitol Annex for scanning all the recently filed bills and providing an analysis.
Drilling waste was exempt from the Safe Water Drinking Act in 1995 making oil and gas the only industry that is allowed to pump toxic waste into the ground.
We will keep a close watch on these bills and give notice when further action is required.
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Cathryn Sykes says
There are so many damn wells around my area, you can’t go a night without hearing them.
And where does all that water go?
If we just shrug our shoulders and let it go anywhere the gas companies chose, we have no one but ourselves to blame if our water supply becomes toxic.
You can rest assured that our surface and aquifer water is already being damaged by O&G activities!!
Is any of the new proposed legislation going to rein-in the RRC in Texas?
The voters had a chance to “rein-in” the RRC on November 4th. Too bad Texas voters are so partisan and aren’t more educated on the issues. =(