HB 3013, by Representative Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), passed the House Natural Resources Committee.? HB 3013 helps facilitate water projects that will allow surface water and groundwater to be stored in underground aquifers for later retrieval and beneficial use. The bill updates the permitting, reporting and fee process for construction and maintenance of aquifer storage and recovery projects. The Texas Water Development Board will develop rules for the groundwater districts to administer these projects.
SB 873, by Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), was recently passed by the Senate.?SB 873 requires water wells used for hydraulic fracturing or other activities related to the production of oil and gas to comply with the district’s rules or permitting requirements.