S.1116 - More Water, More Energy, and Less Waste Act of 2007
A bill to facilitate the use for irrigation and other purposes of water produced in connection with development of energy resources.
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April 16, 2007
Mr. SALAZAR (for himself, Mr. BINGAMAN, Mr. DOMENICI, and Mr. THOMAS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE, FINDINGS, AND PURPOSE.
(1) development of energy resources, including oil, natural gas, coalbed methane, and geothermal resources, frequently results in bringing to the surface water extracted from underground sources;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) reducing the quantity of produced water returned to the subsurface and increasing the quantity of produced water that is made available for irrigation and other uses--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(2) PRODUCED WATER- The term `produced water' means water from an underground source that is brought to the surface as part of the process of exploration for, or development of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. IDENTIFICATION OF PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS.
(a) Study- The Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, the Director of the United States Geological Survey, and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall conduct a study to identify--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the technical, economic, environmental, legal, and other obstacles to increasing the extent to which produced water can be used for irrigation and other purposes without adversely affecting water quality or the environment;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report describing the results of the study under subsection (a).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. IMPLEMENTATION.
(a) Grants- Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall provide financial assistance for the development of facilities, technologies, and processes to demonstrate the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) increasing the extent to which produced water may be recovered and made suitable for use for irrigation, municipal, or industrial uses, or other purposes without adversely affecting water quality or the environment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. CONSULTATION, ADVICE, AND COMMENTS.
In carrying out this Act, including in preparing the report under section 3(b) and establishing criteria to be used in connection with an award of financial assistance under section 4, the Secretary shall--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2)(A) review any relevant information developed in connection with research carried out by others, including research carried out pursuant to subtitle J of title IX of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (
(B) individuals or representatives of entities with industrial experience, particularly experience relating to production of oil, natural gas, coalbed methane, or other energy resources (including geothermal resources); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink