Bill Text: TX SB2068 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to the plugging or capping of abandoned, deteriorated, open, or uncovered water wells in the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-06-12 - Effective immediately [SB2068 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SB2068-Enrolled.html
 
 
  S.B. No. 2068
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the plugging or capping of abandoned, deteriorated,
  open, or uncovered water wells in the Bandera County River
  Authority and Groundwater District.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 654, Acts of the 71st Legislature,
  Regular Session, 1989, is amended by adding Section 6A to read as
  follows:
         Sec. 6A.  ABANDONED, DETERIORATED, OPEN, OR UNCOVERED WATER
  WELLS. (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Abandoned well" and "deteriorated well" have the
  meanings assigned by Section 1901.255, Occupations Code.
               (2)  "Open or uncovered well" has the meaning assigned
  by Section 36.118, Water Code.
         (b)  The district may enter into a contract with a licensed
  water well driller to or a district employee may:
               (1)  cap an open, uncovered, or abandoned well; or
               (2)  plug and permanently close a deteriorated well.
         (c)  A district employee may plug a well under Subsection (b)
  only if the employee has received training in the proper method of
  plugging a well located in a karst topographic area.
         (d)  The district may require the owner or lessee of land on
  which an open or uncovered well is located to keep the well
  permanently closed or capped as provided by Section 36.118, Water
  Code.
         (e)  The district may use any money available to the
  district, including money from grants, fees, or tax revenues, to
  pay reasonable expenses incurred by the district in plugging or
  capping wells on land in the district under this section of this
  Act. The reasonable expenses constitute a lien on the land on which
  the well is located in accordance with Section 36.118(e), Water
  Code.
         (f)  The district may enforce this section against any person
  by injunction, mandatory injunction, or other appropriate remedy in
  a court of competent jurisdiction as provided by Section 36.102,
  Water Code.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2068 passed the Senate on
  May 9, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2068 passed the House on
  May 24, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor
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