Sunday, February 14, 2010

Who regulates Wastewater pipelines?

An article in the Denton Records Chronicle addresses that question. It seems there isn't any real regulation or rule-making authority over wastewater pipelines. Click here to read the article.

The state has detailed standards for disposal wells but lacks rule-making authority over wastewater pipelines, state officials said last month in Lantana during a public meeting on Williams’ plans.

The railroad commission’s pipeline safety division does not inspect wastewater lines, officials said at the meeting. The commission’s oil and gas division would respond only if the pipes leaked and cleanup was required, they said.



Anonymous said...

And yet, our planning and zoning board gave six thumbs up to the CCF, which allows the gang of three on town council plus the mayor to rip open Pandora's Box.

It makes you wonder if these folks are indifferent, incompetent, or worse.

I've always told my kids if they don't understand why people behave a certain way, the first thing they should think is...follow the money. Follow the money.

This town has changed so much in the 15 years I've lived here. Especially under the leadership of Jody Smith. It has not been change for the better. Any pro drilling candidate that brings up Smart Growth should immediately be dismissed as untrustworthy. Period.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. What have we gotten since 2004, gas wells and warehouses with tax abatements.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't an investor in Williams, or any other operator experimenting with centralized waste collection and pipelines, care that the companies don't have regulatory cover for this venture?

Likewise, it's disappointing that Commissioner Eads considers running to the Texas Legislature to cover wastewater pipelines as a solution. Clearly, no one has thought through this latest batch of unintended consequences.