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Toxic substance or water supply? Lawmakers to weigh whether wastewater from oil fields could replenish the state's aquifers

A recent EPA decision will allow Texas to regulate water discharges from oil drilling operations. Some lawmakers see a future water supply for the state in the decision, while environmental groups — and some scientists — warn it could be risky.

Fracking water retention pond near Big Spring, Texas.

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