the ones I told you about here…
…forget about them.
I was seriously suspicious that a TX Republican authored bill would give any protection to citizens over Big Oil, but I get admonished often for being partisan so I was trying to believe. I guess hope overrode my very good bullshit detector.
My friend and fellow liberal blogger, LiberalTexan, took the time to actually read the bills, which I planned to do before going all out in support, but now I don’t have to:
HB 178 (and the companion bill pre-filed by State Representative Robert Nichols (R-3) SB 274) proposes a prohibition on permits for injection wells in specified areas; however, written into the bill are loops holes that could render the prohibition little more than a limitation. The proposed bill would prohibited a permit for an injection well within 2,640 feet (only half a mile) of a residence, church, school, day-care center, surface body of water used for public drinking or water supply, or a dedicated public park. However, the prohibition “does not apply if the residence, church, school, day-care center, surface water body used for a public drinking water supply, or dedicated park is located on property that is owned by the permit applicant and that is adjacent to the well for which the application is filed.” A “local government to petition the commission for a rule that restricts or prohibits the siting of a new injection well in an area specified by the petition,” however, a local government cannot petition the commission if an application for an injection well has already been filed.
His analysis of several environmental bills before the upcoming lege at Texas Kaos.