AUSTIN, Texas (KTRE) - An East Texas state representative’s bill to protect groundwater around oil and gas disposal sites has passed a third reading in the Texas House.
Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) filed HB 2201 and presented it before the House for final vote on Thursday. It passed on a 147-0 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 bill will now go to the Senate for consideration..
Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) has authored a companion bill in the Senate.