The Wise Report - November 22, 2016

The Wise Report
Henry M. Wise, P.G.
November 23, 2016


The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) adopts amendments to 22 TAC §§851.29, 851.31, and 851.32, and adopts new rules §§851.35, 851.113, 851.203 and 851.204, concerning the licensure and regulation of Professional Geoscientists. The new rules and amendments in 22 TAC §§851.29, 851.31, 851.32, 851.35, 851.203 and 851.204 are adopted without changes from the proposed text as published in the September 16, 2016, issue of the Texas Register (41 TexReg 7246). New rule 22 TAC §851.113 is adopted with changes.  For more information go to:


While the State Legislature meets in January, bills are already being filed.  There are currently two filed bills that may be of interest to Texas geologists:


SB 177, by Van, Taylor, Relating to unit operations for oil, gas, or oil and gas production from depleting reservoirs or carbon dioxide storage; authorizing a fee. Filed 11/14/2016. For more information go to:


SB 189, by Uresti, Relating to notice of an application for a permit to drill certain injection wells within a certain distance of a groundwater conservation district. “A person making application to the railroad commission for a permit for an injection well to which this subchapter applies the proposed location of which is in the territory of or within 10 miles of the boundaries of a groundwater conservation district shall: (1)  submit a copy of the application to the governing body of each such groundwater conservation district; and (2)  submit with the application evidence showing that the applicant has complied with Subdivision (1).. Received by the Secretary of the Senate 11/10/2014.” For more information go to:


Henry M. Wise, P.G.

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Henry M. Wise, P.G.
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