SB 1281 (Pavley): Oil & Gas Production; Water Use Reporting

SB-1281 was amended in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations on August 4, 2014.  A scheduled hearing on August 6 was postponed and held on suspense under Joint Rule 62(a).  As of this writing, a hearing has not yet been rescheduled. 

The following provides a snapshot of the proposed text of SB-1281:

  • Requires the use, or treatment and use, of water produced through oil field activities and recycled water to the extent feasible;
  • Operators required to submit quarterly statement to the State Oil and Gas Supervisor to include the source and amount of fluid or gas injected into each well, and the source and amount of water to generate such fluid or gas;
  • Requires disclosures of additional information related to the treatment of water and use of treated or recycled water; and
  • Prohibits use of water from a groundwater basin or subbasin designated as high priority if the use would compromise existing use for domestic or irrigation purposes.

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