A Democrat who serves in the state House says the idea of requiring more strict monitoring of saltwater disposal operations was shot down quickly and easily in the legislature this year.
Representative Marvin Nelson says oil companies argued successfully that there would be excessive costs involved in such monitoring.
But Nelson, who was on a tour of the saltwater spill sites today, says the costs companies incur when having to clean up a spill far outpace the investment that would be needed to reduce or prevent those spills.
(Rep. Marvin Nelson -D- District 9) "It's really a matter of how to do the right regulation. For instance this 20 acres that spoiled, the amount the company is going to pay is not favorable to the economics of that company to allow them to do this. So the idea is coming up with regulations livable for the company and livable for the people that's here and that's a difficult job."
Nelson says the bill to require more monitoring of saltwater disposal equipment received only four votes in the state House.