Texas Proposes Fracking Rules To Protect Groundwater

Law360, Dallas (September 7, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT) -- The Railroad Commission of Texas on Friday published a set of proposed rules aimed at preventing contamination of groundwater from fracking or other oil and gas drilling operations, largely adopting existing industry best practices.

The rule changes follow a legislative mandate that shifted oversight of protecting groundwater from oil and gas from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Railroad Commission. The amendments set tougher safety restrictions for fracking wells located near water sources, require blowout preventers and thicker cement casing for some wells, and...
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