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12 Document(s) [ Subject: Oil spills ]

Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Coastal restoration | Environmental flows | Groundwater | Gulf Coast | Oil spills | Texas State Water Plan | Water conservation | Water desalination | Water marketing | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 N218h
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [51 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the regional and state water planning processes, with emphasis on the following: a. the integration of HB 4, 83 RS; b. the appropriate role of the state in ensuring that the process both supports regional goals and priorities and the water needs of the state as a whole, and how the state might encourage strategies to benefit multiple regions; c. the structure and operation of the regional planning groups; d. the interaction between the planning process and groundwater management; e. whether the "drought of record" remains the appropriate benchmark for planning; and f. any impediments to meeting the conservation, agricultural, and rural project goals set by HB 4 (83R), and possible new approaches to help meet these goals.
2. Evaluate the status of water markets in Texas and the potential benefits and challenges of expanded markets for water. Include an evaluation of greater interconnections between water systems through both engineered and natural infrastructure. Examine opportunities for incentives from areas receiving water supplies to areas providing those supplies that could benefit each area and the state as a whole.
3. Analyze the factors contributing to freshwater loss in the state, including evaporation, excess flows into the Gulf of Mexico, and infrastructure inefficiencies, and examine techniques to prevent such losses, including aquifer storage and recovery, off-channel storage, and infrastructure enhancements.
4. Evaluate the progress of seawater desalination projects near the Texas coast as a means of increasing water supplies and reducing strain on existing supplies, building on the work of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination (83rd session). Examine the viability of the use of public-private partnerships and of methods by which the state might facilitate such a project.
5. Monitor the use of funds made available to Texas in relation to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Consider approaches to maximize the benefit of these funds for the long-term stability of the coastal economy and ecosystems.
6. Evaluate the status of legislation to encourage joint groundwater planning, including HB 200 (84R), and monitor ongoing legal developments concerning ownership and access to groundwater and the impact of these developments on property rights and groundwater management.
7. Determine the sources of water used by Texans in the production of food and fiber, and examine current water delivery methods and water conservation goals for agricultural use. Evaluate whether there are more efficient and effective water-usage management practices that could be employed in the agricultural industry, and determine the impact of crop insurance requirements on producers. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock)
8. Determine if sufficient safety standards exist to protect groundwater contamination from disposal and injection wells. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Energy Resources)
9. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs; and e. review the surface water permitting process in Texas, including previous legislative attempts to modify the process, and assess the potential effects of these and other changes.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Aquifers | Environmental flows | Groundwater | Oil spills | Texas State Water Plan | Water finance | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 N218h
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [112 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of HB 4 (83R) and SJR 1 (83R) and the progress of the Texas Water Development Board and other entities in implementing this legislation to provide a stable, long-term funding source for the State Water Plan.
2. Evaluate the availability, management, and development of groundwater in the state. Consider the economic, environmental, and social impacts of groundwater usage and production in the agricultural, municipal, and energy sectors. In particular, examine methods to facilitate further development of brackish groundwater resources and to improve the consistency and certainty of permitting by groundwater districts without undercutting reasonable regional and local regulation of groundwater.
3. Explore opportunities to encourage voluntary protection and stewardship of privately owned lands in support of the state’s water supply and to protect environmental flow needs in Texas rivers. Examine methods in which state agencies, water rights holders, and non-governmental organizations can work together through programs like the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program and the Texas Water Trust.
4. Examine strategies to enhance the use of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) projects, including a review of existing ASR facilities in Texas and elsewhere.
5. Monitor the use of funds provided or made available to Texas in relation to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and make recommendations on the appropriate use of these funds in the future. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Appropriations)
6. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: House Land and Resource Management
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Land and Resource Management, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Attorney General of Texas | Beaches | Coastal erosion | Coastal protection | Eminent domain | General Land Office | Houseboats | Oil spills | Property rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 l229
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [202 pages  File size: 9,054 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of SB 14, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, (Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act) and study the effect of the Attorney General's takings impact assessment guidelines.
2. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction including a monitoring of the effects of legislation on the Coastal Coordination Board, the Coastal Zone Management Act and on the development and implementation of the Coastal Management Program.
Committee: House Energy
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Energy, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Abandoned oil wells | Natural gas | Oil drilling | Oil industry | Oil production | Oil spills |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 en27
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [22 pages  File size: 712 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor and oversee legislation enacted during the 72nd Regular and Special Called Sessions that was considered by the Energy Committee; Performance Audit Review Recommendations; and any agency-initiated changes.
2. Study the use of gas by utility companies as a clean burning inexpensive fuel. Examine the interaction between the utility companies and the P.U.C.
3. Examine the implementation of both the well plugging bill by the Railroad Commission and the oil spill control bill by the General Land Office.
Committee: Joint Oil Spills and Water Pollution Abatement
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Joint Committee on Oil Spills and Water Pollution Abatement, 71st Legislature : to the lieutenant governor, speaker of the House, members of the Senate, and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 72nd Legislature.
Subjects: Environmental protection | Oil spills | Surface water pollution | Wastewater management | Water quality management |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 oi5
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [59 pages  File size: 2,751 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Make recommendations regarding means of effective state-government response to oil spills affecting or threatening the Texas costal region, including proposals, if any, for coordination with federal or local governments, the oil industry, or other elements of the private sector.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 1525, 71st Legislature, Regular Session, enabling delegation to the State of Texas of NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) authority.
3. Monitor the implementation of HB 1567, 71st Legislature, Regular Session, authorizing local governments to establish stormwater drainage utilities funded by user fees on impervious cover.
4. Study associated issues relating to wastewater discharges and nonpoint source pollution affecting sewer and drainage systems.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Oil Spills and Water Pollution Abatement
Title: Proclamation
Library Catalog Title: Proclamation
Library Call Number: L1800.1 p926
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View document [1 pages  File size: 112 kb]
Committee: House Environmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Environmental Affairs : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature.
Subjects: Edwards Aquifer | Exotic species | Livestock | Oil pipelines | Oil spills | Pipeline safety | Solid waste disposal | Wastewater management |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 en89
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [33 pages  File size: 710 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the potential for improved sewage disposal and treatment systems and determine whether public laws encourage the most cost-effective systems for sites.
2. Study oil pipeline spills or leaks into the environment.
3. Study the problem of exotic game animals, how they may interfere with the existing ecosystem of native game, and how they may or may not be regulated.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Environmental Affairs
Title: Notices of public hearing
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 EN89 69
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View document [7 pages]
Committee: House Environmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report - IXTOC I Oil Spill
Library Catalog Title: Report on the Ixtoc I oil spill / Committee on Environmental Affairs, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Disaster areas | Disaster relief | Environmental cleanup | Natural disasters | Oil spills |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 ix1
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [163 pages  File size: 6,107 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the immediate and long-term effects on the coastal environment of the blowout of the Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) oil well known as IXTOC 1. *
2. Monitor the effects, immediate and long-term of the blowout, on the coastal environment.
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the cleanup effort and the Oil Spill Contingency Plan.
4. Review federal, state, and local policies regarding assistance for natural and manmade disasters.
5. Determine if changes in state law are needed to address issues which include, but are not limited to, financial disaster aid.
Committee: Senate Pipeline
Title: Interim Report - Pollution vs. The People
Library Catalog Title: Pollution vs. the people : an analysis of the performance of Texas State agencies in protecting the environment, with an explanation of proposed legislation for an active role for concerned citizens; joint report of the Interim Committees on Pipeline Stud
Subjects: Environmental protection | Oil pipelines | Oil spills | Pipeline safety |
Library Call Number: L1836.61 p66
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View report [101 pages  File size: 8,182 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Conduct a thorough study and investigation of the practice of laying oil and gas pipelines along and across the islands, saltwater lakes, bays, inlets, marshes, and reefs owned by the State of Texas, and across that portion of the Gulf of Mexico within the jurisdiction of this State, and along and across the freshwater rivers, streams, and lakes of this State, and the effects of these pipelines on navigation and on the health and safety of the people of Texas. The committee shall particularly study the need for regulating these pipelines as to the marking of their locations, the establishment of corridors for laying the lines, the laying of the lines below the surface of the bed or bottom, the specifications for the pipe, and all other features which might be deemed necessary in order to protect the public health and safety and to promote safe navigation.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Pipeline
Title: Staff report on Land Office pipeline regulations
Library Catalog Title: Staff report on Land Office pipeline regulations / Texas Senate Pipeline Study Committee.
Library Call Number: L1836.61 p66L
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [62 pages  File size: 2,430 kb]
Committee: Senate Pipeline
Title: Transcript, joint hearing of Interim Committees on Pipeline Study and Beach Study, June 3, 1970
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 P66M 6/3/1970
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [98 pages  File size: 7,383 kb]

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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