At the Roundhouse this week, a key Senate Committee considered a bill that would regulate the use of water by the energy industry.
Tom Trowbridge reports from the Capitol:
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At the Roundhouse Tuesday, the Senate Conservation Committee gave a “do-pass” recommendation to Senate Bill 86, which regulates the use of water for oil and gas operations. Albuquerque Democratic Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez is a co-sponsor of the measure.
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Norm Gaume, a former director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, says the bill comes with serious sanctions:
Senate Bill 86 cleared the Conservation Committee on a strict, five-to-four party-line vote, Republicans, along with representatives of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association opposed.
The measure’s next stop is the Senate Judiciary Committee
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge