Environment Texas criticizes Railroad Commission decision on fracking waste

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AUSTIN – Today, the Railroad Commision rejected the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District’s attempt to intervene in a permit application by Marathon Oil to inject fracking waste underground near the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger released the following statement:

“This was a terrible decision by the Railroad Commission. Disposal of fracking waste poses serious risks to water quality and water districts should absolutely be allowed to participate in the permitting process. The Railroad Commission has a terrible track record of watchdogging the oil and gas industry and holding them accountable. Groundwater districts should have the right to scrutinize proposals to dump waste near drinking water supplies and demand strong safety standards. The Railroad Commission has become a runaway train, running down citizens rights, public health and the environment.”