Legislators in Oklahoma are putting the finishing touches on a bill that would prohibit local governments from imposing bans on oil and gas operations, including hydraulic fracturing.

Senate Bill 809 is currently being finalized and would prevent local municipalities from instituting their own prohibitions or bans against any oil or gas operation, Reuters said.

The bill was approved last month by the state’s senate in a 64-32 vote and has also been approved by the state’s House of Representatives.

Under the bill, local governments will still be able to enact certain rules related to oil and gas operations including road use provisions, noise requirements and setback and fencing requirements.

Localities would also keep control over drilling operations within their 100 year floodplain, the Stillwater News Press said.

Industry groups praised the bill as a necessary step to encourage oil and gas production and move the United States towards energy independence.

The bill comes on the heels of a recent report by the Oklahoma Geological Survey that alleges wastewater disposal wells may have triggered some earthquakes in the state.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Oklahoma is the fifth largest crude producer in the United States, excluding offshore areas.

Earlier this week, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a similar bill prohibiting local governments from banning fracking after voters in the town of Denton approved a fracking ban last year.


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