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constitution preempts cities from regulating oil and gas. Some cities such as Houston had ordinances requiring drilling be at lest 1,000 feet from the normal water’s edge of Lake Houston or any of its drains, streams or tributaries
HB40 re-written to include a 5-year
“prima facie” clause, a legal term which gives the impression that cities will retain the right to keep ordinances more than 5 years old. At best, this is only partially true.
Close corporate loopholes in the state
Reallocate some of the
$800 million wasted on border security
Amend the Texas
constitution remove the cap on the Consolidated Water Quality Fee assessed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, so that the fee is assessed equitably on all fee payers.
Code – Water
Chapter – 26 Water Quality Control
Section – 26.0291 Water Quality Fee
Code – Natural Resources
Chapter – 81 Railroad Commission of Texas
Section – 81.0523 Exclusive Jurisdiction and Express Preemption
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Houston Free Press – How Close Is Too Close to Drill for Oil Near Lake Houston?
NPR – After HB 40, What’s Next for Local Drilling Rules in Texas?
Statesman – Growth of large private water companies brings higher water rates, little recourse for consumers
Yes Magazine – Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience
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Texas Water Development Board
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State of Tyler’s water system
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NPR – Big Switch for Water Regulation in Texas Dominates Hearing at the Capitol
Texas Comptroller – Texas Supreme Court Decision Affirms Right to Water
Texas Tribune – State Supreme Court Punts on Major Water Case
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Environmental Defense Fund – What Texas’ Elected Officials Should Know About House Bill 40
Star Telegram – Cities concerned about state urban-drilling bill
Lubbock Online – Hernandez, advocates say proposed state oil, gas bills would ‘erode’ city’s authority
California Law Recognizes Meadows and Forests as Water Infrastructure
Sacramento Bee – California must invest in watersheds, just like dams
Men’s Journal – Who Stole the Water?
San Antonio Express – Three water bills to watch in the Texas Legislature
The Guardian – Rural water access: why should countries follow Paraguay’s lead?
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Think Progress – How The New Flood Insurance Reforms Make Costly Future Climate Disasters More Likely
The Week – The perverse incentives of the National Flood Insurance Program
The Atlantic – Can Congress Bring the National Flood Insurance Program Above Water?