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Warmington: OCC should regulate, not counties (OPINION)

Warmington: OCC should regulate, not counties (OPINION)

The Journal Record
By: Chad Warmington, Guest Columnist
May 18, 2018

In Kingfisher County, the energy industry is seeing an all-too-common problem: misguided regulation causing more harm than good.

Energy companies have invested significant capital resources to increase recycling and reuse of water in the prolific STACK play. The industry is doing its part to protect the environment and make life easier for residents.

But elected officials are inadvertently standing in the way. The Kingfisher County commissioners recently decided not to permit temporary water lines for transporting certain kinds of produced water.

The truth of the matter is the commissioners overstepped their expertise and their role. Because the rules they approved are imprecise, transporting cleaned-up water back to well sites is prohibited.

Moving recycled water through temporary lines has many benefits. First of all, temporary lines allow water to move unobtrusively through pipes in ditches and existing rights of way, taking thousands of trucks off Oklahoma roads. Lowering traffic means less wear and tear on highways and byways, less pollution and less risk of traffic accidents... FULL ARTICLE

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