State Rep. Jim Keffer of Eastland, chair of the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources, last week introduced a bill to require limited disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells. Since Texas currently has no disclosure requirements, we’d like to be able to say HB 3328 is a step forward – but we can’t.
Why? Because, as Jim Hightower says, “The water won’t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.”
I have a lot more to say about this bill on EARTHblog.
It is hard to believe Rep. Keffer is after genuine disclosure and holding oil and gas companies accountable considering his comment in the Texas Tribune calling the EPA “reckless” and accusing them of a “cavalier” attitude for requiring Range Resources to prove their gas did not contaminate water wells in Parker County.
As Molly Ivins said: “Good thing we’ve still got politics in Texas – finest form of free entertainment ever invented.”