The Texas Railroad Commission will consider adoption of rules that seek to encourage producers to recycle water used in hydraulic fracturing, agency Chairman Barry Smitherman said today at a Houston energy conference. Smitherman told the Star-Telegram that the rules are not mandatory, but will try to "streamline the process" of handling and reusing produced water, such as permits required for holding ponds and water transportation. He said he intends to vote in favor of the new rules. The agency's next scheduled public meeting is March 26.
-- Jim Fuquay