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Future of Nebraska's oil and gas rules being studied

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A hearing next month could help determine whether the Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission will continue to regulate the mining industry in the state.

The Omaha World-Herald reports lawmakers are considering eliminating the commission and assigning its duties to other agencies.

The commission has drawn criticism for the way it approved a proposal to allow a company to dispose of wastewater from oil exploration and production in an inactive Sioux County oil well.

The Sept. 22 hearing in Sidney will examine whether the commission's regulatory duties should be handled by other state and local agencies.

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