Thanks to Cyrus Reed, Lonestar Chapter of the Sierra Club for compiling this list. We may be adding additional bills later.
I am going to update this post as we ID other bills to support or oppose.
BAD BILLS WE OPPOSE:
Relating to the effect of rules and standards adopted by the Railroad Commission of Texas relating to the gas pipeline industry on ordinances, orders or rules adopted by political subdivisions.
Relating to the procedure for action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on applications for certain environmental permits and administrative and judicial review of the commission’s action.
Relating to unit operations for oil, gas, or oil and gas production or carbon dioxide storage
Relating to the regulation of certain pits used to store flowback or produced water from an oil or gas well on which a hydraulic fracturing treatment has been performed.
Relating to the effect of rules and standards adopted by the Railroad Commission of Texas relating to the gas pipeline industry on ordinances, orders or rules adopted by political subdivisions
Relating to the promotion of Texas energy products, services and technologies in the global marketplace.
GOOD BILLS WE SUPPORT:
Relating to the authority of a groundwater conservation district to require a permit for the drilling or operation of a water well used to supply water for the performance of a hydraulic fracturing treatment on an oil or gas well.
Relating to a requirement that the operator of an oil or gas well on which a hydraulic fracturing treatment is to be performed mail a list of the chemicals to be used in the treatment to persons residing near the well.
Relating to the imposition of a fee on oil and gas waste disposed of by injection in a commercial injection well permitted by the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Relating to safety requirements applicable to gas pipelines in certain counties
SB 513 – Relating to the regulation of saltwater pipelines by the Railroad Commission of Texas.
SB 514 – Relating to the installation, maintenance, operation, and relocation of saltwater pipeline facilities.
Relating to the amounts of the administrative, civil, and criminal penalties for violating certain statutes under the jurisdiction of, rules or orders adopted by, or licenses, permits, or certificates issued by the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Relating to the posting by the Railroad Commission of Texas on its Internet website of certain enforcement information
Relating to the exemption or tax reduction for certain high-cost gas.
SB 941 by Wendy Davis – requires the Railroad Commission to develop rules on noise in non-incorporated areas, but only for counties with 1.8 million population in two adjoining counties. This is a step in the right direction but it needs to be amended to protect everyone. Referred to Committee.
Relating to the adoption of rules by the Railroad Commission of Texas regulating the exploration for and production of natural gas in the unincorporated areas of certain counties.
Relating to the power of the Railroad Commission of Texas to adopt and enforce safety standards and practices applicable to the transportation by pipeline of certain substances and to certain pipeline facilities.
Find your representatives HERE and start making calls and writing letters now.