On Tuesday April 2, 2013, the Senate Natural Resources Committee discussed whether to tighten rules governing water wells used to supply hydraulic fracturing operations.

The discussion centered on Senate Bill 873, carried by state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, which would allow local groundwater authorities to require oil and gas companies using water for fracking to get permits. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a water-intensive operation that involves shooting roughly 4 million to 6 million gallons of water — or more — down a hole to break up rock and retrieve oil and gas. The water also contains sand and chemicals.  Read more about SB 873.