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House Resources approves oil/gas bill on unanimous, 16-0 vote

After several hours of testimony, much of it passionately opposed to the bill, the House Resources Committee has voted unanimously in favor HB 464, the oil and gas drilling bill that limits local authority over siting. Rep. Elfreda Higgins, D-Garden City, said she came to the hearing expecting to vote against the bill, but her concerns about local control and geothermal water rights all were addressed. "I did work for a natural gas company for almost 30 years in another state," she said, "and there was state control. The company did use injection wells, we injected gas into shale at all of the area beaches, and as far as I know there really was never a problem in the whole time that I worked there. ... I do have first-hand experience with this, and we didn't have a problem." The bill now moves to the full House for a vote.

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