Rep. Ashby bill requiring flood history for oil disposal passes committee

WATCH: Rep. Ashby bill requiring flood history for oil disposal passes committee

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRE) - An East Texas state representative’s bill to protect groundwater around oil and gas disposal sites has passed the committee phase of legislature.

Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) filed HB 2201 and presented it before the House Committee on Energy Resources on March 22. The committee approved the measure in a 10-0 vote.

The bill requires the Texas Railroad Commission to look at the history of flooding over the past 10 years when it considers granting a permit to build a pit for the disposal of commercial oil and gas.

The committee is chaired by Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Austin).

The bill now goes to Calendars Committee for consideration for placement on the House floor.

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