From Omaha News:

The Natural Resources Committee heard conflicting testimony on the need to revise the policy and purpose of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Legislative Bill 1082 would, in part, eliminate the statutory encouragement that the commission promote the oil industry.

The bill is the result of a committee study of the commission in the aftermath of the agency’s decision to grant a permit for an oil company to develop a commercial disposal well in Sioux County last year.

Those who say the agency’s preamble doesn’t need to be changed note the commission has worked fine since 1959, when the Legislature created it “to foster, to encourage and to promote the development, production and utilization of … oil and gas in the state.’’

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