Anyone who ever had high hopes the TCEQ would do anything to regulate the Big Gas Mafia in Texas, stand on your head now!
The TCEQ’s initial proposal in July would have established a basic framework that provided greater assurances of protectiveness to the public. But industry firepower overwhelmed the TCEQ staff, which had little, if any, apparent support from their Commissioners. The final rule was gutted with so many exceptions and loopholes (see below) that it almost makes me wonder if there is sufficient environmental benefit left to justify the regulatory burden. Especially troubling was the number of sweeping changes made to the rule during a 6-week continuance, out of the public eye, during which time staff was asked to attempt to resolve industry concerns.