Thursday, June 23, 2016

Oil bust proves costly

Orphaned wells challenge Texas, may threaten water

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Associated Press

The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas on the hook for newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when the state has little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards. The problem is forcing Texas to get creative: Regulators now want taxpayers to cover more of the cleanup, supplementing industry payments. A 2011 report found at least 30 cases of groundwater contamination in Texas caused by orphan wells between 1993 and 2008.


Oct. 31 trial date set in Ga.-Fla. water wars case

Gainesville Times

A trial is set to begin Oct. 31 over allegations that Georgia residents are drinking up too much water before the resource reaches Florida. An order filed Monday by Ralph I. Lancaster, a Maine lawyer appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the case, sets out details and a schedule leading up to the trial, which would take place in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.


La. proposes rules for spending coastal money


Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority staff is rewriting the rules for spending as much as 10 percent of the money that the state receives from offshore oil revenue on coastal infrastructure projects directly affected by wetland losses. The authority could be presented with new rules in July or August, officials said.

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