- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - New proposed regulations for Nebraska’s oil and gas industry are awaiting action from Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts has until Wednesday to sign or veto the bills passed by lawmakers last week, and a spokesman says the governor will use his full allotted time.

The measure by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala would require periodic sampling and reporting of fracking waste fluids and monitoring of produced water transporters. It also reduces the “promotional” duties of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission and refocuses the agency’s purpose on promoting health, safety and protection of natural resources.

Schilz has said he introduced the bill in response to public input last year during a series of hearings focused on the state oil and gas industry.

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The bill is LB1082

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