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Local legislators struggling to pass injection well bills
By Lucretia Cardenas
Three Montgomery County lawmakers aren’t having much luck passing their injection well regulatory legislation out of the House and Senate natural resource committees.
“The odds of passing it out of either committee aren’t good,” Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe said. “It’s hard. Special interests groups are working the members.”
Creighton and Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, filed the bills in November and, since then, Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, has signed on as a co-author of the House bills.
In an attempt to address local issues, Nichols, is proposing the bills be passed only for Montgomery County, said Nichols’ Press Secretary Alicia Pierce.
The bills were heard by the natural resource committees two weeks ago, and numerous Montgomery County residents and officials went to Austin to testify. But also testifying were officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and representatives of TexCom Gulf Disposals, the company proposing to pump non-hazardous wastewater into an existing well at the old Conroe oilfield, and representatives from other entities that depend on injection wells to dispose of waste, Creighton said.
The bills – House Bills 177-179 and Senate Bills 273-275 – would require regular reporting of injection well water and soil testing, set limits on where an injection well can be placed and require the TCEQ to establish rules for injection well surface facilities.
The second hearing on TexCom’s permit before State Office of Administrative Hearing judges is July 20. If the bills are passed, they may not have any affect on TexCom’s proposals because the application for a permit is already on file.
The only reason they call it “non-hazardous wastewater” is because toxic drilling waste was is exempt from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Seem reckless?
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