Disposal Well Regs Should Be Reexamined, Lawmaker Says
M. Scott Carter reports on politics, legislation and other issues from the State Capitol.
A state representative, concerned about possible water pollution caused by oil and gas drilling, said Tuesday he was considering new rules governing disposal wells, following an interim hearing on the use of sub-groundwater in hydraulic fracturing.
State Rep. Steve Vaughn, R-Ponca City, said he was “still exploring his options” regarding new legislation to tighten the regulation of oil field disposal wells. Vaughn said there were 22,000 disposal wells in his district, but only one state inspector assigned to the area.
In a media statement distributed after the meeting, Vaughn said many of the older wells in his district were prone to leaks. “My concern is whether these wells are being maintained to the point that is necessary to protect our fresh water,” he said. Vaughn said state laws were decades behind the industry.