Thursday, January 21, 2010

2010 Legislative Preview: Artesian Wells

Representative James Gowans has registered a bill that would repeal the State Engineer's duty to plug certain artesian wells. The bill is numbered House Bill 69 (HB 69), and was requested by the State Engineer. The bill repeals Utah Code section 73-2-21, an archaic statute that required the State Engineer to plug certain artesian wells that were no longer in use and were wasting water. The motive behind the repeal is so that the owner of the well--and not the State Engineer--bears the burden of plugging it when it is no longer in use.

Click here to read the statute that will be repealed.

(For an update on this bill, click here.)

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