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Relating to the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality to issue permits for the discharge into water of this state
of produced water, hydrostatic test water, and gas plant effluent
resulting from certain oil and gas activities.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 1585, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
Currently, TCEQ is charged with issuing permits for discharges of pollutants to state surface water, except for discharges related to oil, gas, and geothermal exploration and development activities. SB 1585 would transfer state jurisdiction to issue permits for certain oil and gas activities from the Railroad Commission of Texas to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 1585 because it does not affect our liberty principles.