House Passes Water Conservation Bills

Law360, New York (February 12, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a pair of bills Wednesday aimed at conserving water in connection with both oil and natural gas drilling and normal household use.

One of the bills, known as β€œThe Produced Water Utilization Act,” would create a research, development and demonstration program to promote the reuse of wastewater produced in connection with energy extraction.

According to the bill's sponsor β€” Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas β€” more than 5 billion gallons of wastewater, or produced water, is brought to the surface each...
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