Please email and/or call all members of the Texas Energy Resource Committee regarding the Texas Railroad Commission Sunset Bill HB1818 they will vote on Monday, March 6.
Also call or email your local House representative.
Ask them to strengthen HB1818 in four ways
(1) Make enforcement and violation information available in a searchable form on the RRC website.
(2) Increase bonding requirements to cover the expense of addressing the large backlog of abandoned wells.
(3) Increase maximum fines from $10,000 to $25,000 per fine per day to deter offenders from repeat violations. The $25,000 amount is commensurate with penalties at the Attorney General of Texas.
(4) Limit political contributions to the elected RRC Commissioners to the election season. Commissioners should be prevented from taking contributions from parties involved in contested case hearings while these cases are pending before them.
Contact these committee members immediately. OK to leave phone message in evenings and weekends.
Legislator Phone Email
Drew Darby (R) Chair (512) 463.0331 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles “Doc” Anderson (R) (512) 463-0135 email@example.com
Greg Bonnen (R) (512) 463-0729 firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Canales (D) (512) 463-0426 email@example.com
Travis Clardy (R) (512) 463-0592 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Craddick (R) (512) 463-0500 email@example.com
R. D. “Bobby” Guerra (D) (512) 463-0578 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason A. Isaac (R) (512) 463-0647 email@example.com
Phil King (R) (512) 463-0738 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Lambert (R) (512) 463-0718 email@example.com
Brooks Landgraf (R) (512) 463-0546 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leighton Schubert (R) (512) 463-0600 email@example.com
Armando L. Walle (D) (512) 463-0924 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Ricard Guldi for this FB post that is now a blog post!
—end action item and begin heads up (Hey Arlington #GotSevereAlgaeBloom ?)….
UTA Clear staff posted on their FB page ….”Does chemistry affect biology or does biology change chemistry? Our latest work around Texas is examining the groundwater microbiome to determine whether changes in groundwater quality are altering microbial communities or whether changes in microbial diversity are responsible for changes in water quality. More to follow, stay tuned folks http://clear.uta.edu”
Maybe it is that we have fracked so much in this area (fracking causes prolific bacterial growth (aka landfill odors emanating from drill sites) that our little algae problem is getting a little…well NASTY!…