Gas Seepage Measure Passes out of House


4/28/2015 2:04:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: State Rep. David Derby

Office: (405) 557-7377

OKLAHOMA CITY – The issue of seeping gas can be a nightmare for any homeowner.

With the passage of the Joint Committee Report to House Bill 2234, a plan is on the way to being in place that will help assist the problem of seeping gas lines on housing and business properties.

HB 2234 allows the Corporation Commission to use up to 8 percent of the funds in the Plugging Fund in their efforts to abate seeping natural gas occurrences. The fund already exists and 8 percent of the balance would average between $130,000-$150,000 per year.

“This allows Oklahoma families to return to their homes and resume a normal life,” said Derby, R-Owasso. “This fixes an issue that homeowners, through no fault of their own, have experienced within their property.”

As a result of gas seepage under their home, Chris and Sherry Walls from Ponca City have been unable to live in their home for 575 days. Because of the appropriation of this money, they will now be able to have the gas vented out of the dwelling which they couldn’t previously afford.

“I have stayed in contact with Chris and Sherry, reassuring them that the state was doing their best but finding and identifying the seeping gas is a slow process,” said Rep. Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City. “I am pleased with the bi-partisan vote of 93-2 and that the Walls family will finally get some much needed relief and soon be back in their home.”

“I’m hopeful this will be a permanent solution to a recurring problem that has caused great hardship on citizens,” said Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa.

The act goes into effect July 1.

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