Submit Testimony for May 27 Hearing on Fracking Chemicals Disclosure

Mark Hefflinger
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On Wednesday, May 27, the Natural Resources Committee of the Nebraska Legislature will hold a hearing on LB 664 (full text below), Sen. Ernie Chambers’ bill that would compel disclosure of all chemicals found in fracking waste in Nebraska.

Stand with us at the hearing: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (CT) in Room 1525 of the State Capitol.

Citizens may also testify via a videoconference link in north Scottsbluff:
Educational Service Unit (ESU) 13

4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

The hearing will be limited to just 90 minutes, and only a few members of the public will be allowed to speak via either the remote videoconferencing link in Scottsbluff, or in the hearing room at the Capitol. We strongly encourage you to submit written testimony on LB 664 using the form above.

If you’re not able to attend the hearing, NET Nebraska will broadcast it live on cable TV, and stream it live online here.

Below is some context to help you write your testimony, which must be submitted by the morning of Wednesday, May 27.

Sen. Chambers’ bill adds a new requirement to state law that requires companies to semiannually test and publicly disclose all chemicals in fracking wastewater disposed of in Nebraska:

“The commission shall require any person applying for permission to dispose of wastewater, including wastewater generated from oil and gas well production in other states, by injection into commercial salt water injection wells in Nebraska to provide a listing of all chemicals in the wastewater. If the application is granted, the commission shall require semiannual updates to the listing of all chemicals in the wastewater. The listings shall be public records.”

KEY POINTS ON LB 664:

Chemicals already documented in fracking fluid in Colorado and Wyoming: Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 11.13.52 AMScreen Shot 2015-05-19 at 11.14.47 AM

Legal Fractures in Chemical Disclosure Laws

Text of Nebraska LB 664


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