The City of Huntsville Public Works Department will host a training class on local control of oil and gas on February 7, and the public is invited to attend.
The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the upstairs class room of the City Service Center, located at 448 State Highway 75 North.
According to Jeff Cross, City Central Inspections Building Inspector, the class will address several strategies which can be used to control illegal waste in their communities.
“This class covers the four ways that cities and counties can directly control slopped and illegally dumped oil and gas waste in their communities,” Cross said. “Peace officers, code enforcement officers, registered sanitarians, prosecutors, elected officials and other local government staff will take valuable information away from this training class.”
Cross said the class includes information on how the community, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas Railroad Commission fit together for enforcement.
The class will also provide an overview of health nuisance and criminal illegal dumping laws and which can and cannot be used to respond to oil and gas waste, as well as information on the use of municipal ordinances and Texas Water Code Chapter 29 to control pollution by oil and gas waste haulers.
“We’ll also provide information on recognizing criminal violations under Natural Resources Code Sec. 91.002, understanding Railroad Commission administrative enforcement of ‘Statewide Rule 8’ and how your community can supplement RRC administrative enforcement,” Cross said. “Finally, we’ll cover misdemeanor and felony water pollution and discuss local civil suits to stop sloppy and illegal hauler activity when all else fails.
“Participants will earn six (6) hours code enforcement/RS/TCLEOSE continuing education credits.”
Participants using the class for continued education credits are encouraged to pre-register at http://www.tidrc.com/classes.
For more information, contact Cross at (936) 294-5770.