Nebraska’s unicameral legislature passed a bill (LB-1082) Thursday aimed at controlling oil/natural gas drilling waste, particularly the kind associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The bill passed on a 48-0 vote. Its sponsor, Sen. Ken Schilz, said that the bill enhances disclosure and public notice regulations on wells used in fracking, requiring commercial injection well operators to sample and analyze injected wastewater at least once each year and provide the resulting data to the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC), which regulates Nebraska’s modest oil and gas production. The bill also requires the certification and monitoring of vehicles used to transport wastewater and the periodic evaluation of operators’ ability to pay the costs of shutting down wells, and public notice through the OGCC of injection well permit applications.
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