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Friday, January 23, 2009

Bill Gives Cities and Counties More Power

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Sen. Bobby Glover, D-Carlisle, has introduced a bill that would give municipal and county governments more of a say in whether or not ADEQ can issue a "no-discharge" permit within their boundaries.  Citizens of Prairie County have been fighting this battle for a long time.  It looks like this is too little too late for them, but this may help others in the future.  Glover's bill would require municiapal or county government approval for the department to issue, continue, or modify a permit for the disposal of drilling fluids and other wastes associated with gas exploration.  The city or county (if the site is not located within a municipality) can withhold approval if it determines that the activities associated with the site:

Have interfered with the use of a public road or access to a public facility.
Have endangered a member of the public.
Have caused undue damage to a road.
Have harmed or will harm the general welfare. 

The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.  It will be interesting to see what happens to this bill.  I hate to be cynical, but there will likely be some very powerful, very well-funded opposition to this legislation.  It's going to be tough to get it passed.  Here's hoping for the best though.  

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