The third version of the bill features several changes from the previous versions. For example, the threshold for reporting seismic activity occurring near wells has been increased to require a magnitude of at least 2.7. In addition, whereas well operators initially had to apply for a water permit before applying for a fracking permit, operators may now apply for both permits simultaneously. The twenty-day deadline for requesting water quality testing has also been amended to permit residents to request testing irrespective of whether twenty days have passed since the resident received notification that well stimulation would occur. If the twenty-day period has passed, however, the resident would be responsible for paying for the testing.
Multiple groups have expressed displeasure with the bill. Some environmentalist groups have argued that the state should not permit fracking. Even members of the oil and gas industry have noted that aspects of the bill are problematic. The public has fifteen days to submit any comments on the bill.
Read S.B. 4.
This post was written by Barclay Nicholson (email@example.com or 713 651 3662) and Johnjerica Hodge (firstname.lastname@example.org or 713 651 5698) from Norton Rose Fulbright's Energy Practice Group.