This bill passed the House yesterday. Stand by for further instructions.
it is too late. The bill passed the Senate on 4-19-11 and the House yesterday. Now it goes to Perry who will surely sign it. It goes before the House tomorrow for the 3rd reading. It passed on the other two readings but there is still time to stop this. Please bear with me and check back as I try to figure all this out. I am confused because federal supersedes state so I don’t see how this bill can set the new EPA rules back by 2 years. I will post the Sierra Club fact sheet later today. Cry Baby Bill Fact Sheet.
I have not even had time to read the bill yet. I am acting purely on the information below from the Sierra Club.
From the Sierra Club:
SB 1134 is scheduled for debate on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives tomorrow, Saturday, May 21. This bill would severely restrict the TCEQ’s ability to regulate harmful emissions from oil and gas production activity and would place unnecessary obstacles to protection of public health in shale regions with rapidly expanding emissions sources.
Many groups and individuals living near oil and gas facilities oppose this bill because it would delay rule-making for gas drilling areas besides the Barnett Shale where the rule is already established.
The EPA has just written a letter suggesting if the House and Senate pass this bill it would impact the State Implementation Plan for ozone pollution and the delegation of air-permitting at TCEQ..
Cyrus Reed said, “I like to call this bill the oil and gas Cry Baby Bill. Instead of going through the normal rule-making process, they’ve come to the Legislature to ask for a special favor — a two-year time out on new rules that would protect Texans air near the oil and gas facilities.”
In case you need a visual to get you motivated, these photos taken with an infrared camera show fugitive emissions that are invisible to the naked eye. Also read about how living in the gas patch gives you a dirty mind.
Find out who represents you then call your Texas Representative first thing tomorrow morning. Tell them to vote no to SB 1134.