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May 31, 2011:

  • At the 11th Hour Texas House & Senate Pass “Fracking” Disclosure Bill
    The Texas House and Senate failed to pass a “sunset” bill making changes in the Railroad Commission of Texas (the state agency that regulates oil and gas activity); failed to pass any additional protective measures related to oil and gas regulation; and failed to find a better funding mechanism for the agency other than continued reliance on general revenue. Moreover, the Texas Legislature passed SB 1134, which delays the implementation of new TCEQ rules on air emissions from oil & gas operations. But the Legislature did pass the first state statute in the nation to require the disclosure of chemicals and additives used in the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process for the production of oil or natural gas. The legislation passed literally at the 11th hour (to be precise the House adopted the conference committee report at 11:20 PM on the last day to adopt conference reports without suspension of the House rules). ...Read the full story...

  • Twelve More Years for TCEQ
    When the regular legislative session began in January the major issues facing the legislature (not including the “emergency” items soon identified by the Governor, of course) included the budget, redistricting, and “sunset” legislation for the continuation or reorganization of dozens of state agencies. While a number of redistricting bills passed (all except for congressional districts), and a state budget was hammered out (minus that pesky detail about cutting the school funding formula), the Texas Senate and House failed to each agreement on sunset bills for many agencies – including the Public Utility Commission and Railroad Commission of Texas. One that succeeded, barely, was House Bill 2694 - the continuation of Texas’s version of the EPA, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). ...Read the full story...
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