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Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - Oil, Gas and Alternative Fuel Issues
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 80th Legislature : oil, gas, and alternative fuel issues
Subjects: Alternative energy | Biofuels | Groundwater | Liquefied natural gas | Mineral rights | Natural gas | Natural gas drilling | Natural gas industry | Oil drilling | Property rights | Water contamination | Water rights | Water wells |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 N219o
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [167 pages  File size: 21,935 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Identify areas of the state where surface or groundwater was contaminated by petroleum operations. Determine the appropriate regulatory and technical requirements to remediate the contamination and prevent future contamination, and recommend appropriate agency jurisdiction for preventing, responding and remediating such incidents.
2. Study the increasing use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane. Examine the way those products fit into a diverse fuel mix. Review the current status of LNG terminals on the Texas coast. Study mineral owners and surface owners rights and obligations for the manner in which they enter and use property. Make recommendations on ways in which surface and mineral owners could communicate more effectively. Monitor the Railroad Commission study of competition in the Texas natural gas pipeline industry.
3. Study and make recommendations relating to investment needs and economic barriers to developing bio-diesel, bio-fuels, ethanol, and other renewable products in Texas. Compare agriculturally-developed renewable fuel initiatives in other states.
4. Study the permitting exemptions and water well regulations in Sec. 36.117, Water Code. Review the jurisdiction over the regulation of groundwater pumping in conjunction with drilling and production of oil and gas.
5. Review mineral owners and surface owners rights and obligations for the manner in which they enter and use property. Make recommendations on ways in which surface and mineral owners could communicate more effectively.

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