The Wise Report - December 8, 2018

The Wise Report

Henry M. Wise, P.G.

December 8, 2018


The State Legislature meets starting January 8, 2019 and bills are already being filed.  New information is listed in bold (two new bills listed):


HB 223, by Reynolds, Relating to the funding through greenhouse gas emissions fees of energy efficiency programs administered by certain utilities; authorizing a fee.  Filed 11/12/2018.  For more information go to:


HB 225, by Reynolds, Relating to the analysis of inspection and maintenance requirements for air quality permits issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for certain oil and gas facilities.  Regulates fugitive emissions from all oil field equipment, the use of venting and flaring, etc.  Filed 11/12/2018.


HB 245, by Farrar, Relating to a requirement to make certain environmental and water use permit applications available online.  "The applicant shall post a copy of the application on a publicly accessible Internet website and provide to the commission the address of that website."  Filed 11/12/2018.


HB 478, by Phelan, Relating to the funding of flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects. Filed 12/6/2018.


HB 481, by Kuempel, Relating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer. Filed 12/6/2018.


SB 179, by Miles, Relating to the establishment of a task force to conduct a comprehensive study on flood control infrastructure for Harris County.  Received by the Secretary of the Senate 11/14/2018.


SB 185, by Miles, Relating to the response to certain oil or gas well accidents by state agencies and responsible parties.  An operator of an oil or gas well shall give immediate notice of a fire, leak, spill, or break at the well to the appropriate commission oil and gas division district office and submit to the commision a letter giving a full description of the event, including the volume of crude oil, gas, or other well liquids or gases lost.  Received by the Secretary of the Senate 11/14/2018.


Henry M. Wise, P.G.

The Wise Report


Henry M. Wise, PG, CPG
Saturday, December 8, 2018
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