The federal Environmental Protection Agency will be in Arlington next week to hear thoughts from Texans about the agency's plans to rewrite its rules on oil and gas activities.
The EPA signed a legal settlement last year in which it agreed to toughen its rules to require the industry to use the latest pollution controls.
The EPA has scheduled two public meetings, one in Texas and one in Colorado, to gather public comment before it writes its new rules. The Texas meeting will be two sessions: noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Monday at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
According to Texas Energy Report, state Rep. Jim Keffer, who happens to chair the House Energy Resources Committee, plans on attending the meeting.
According to the news site, Keffer, a Republican from Eastland, "plans to drive home his oft-repeated message that the federal agency is taking a heavy-handed approach toward regulating Texas industry."
The EPA meeting days after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposed new rules for oil and gas drilling permits. The agency argued that the rules will beef up regulations and better protect air quality in the Barnett Shale region in North Texas.
How the TCEQ rules are received and implemented could depend on what the EPA chooses to do.