“They need to give their consent,” he said.
McMurphy acknowledged he is largely “standing alone” in opposing the bill, which is supported by the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and energy companies like Continental Resources Inc.
Jeff Wilson, the association’s vice president of governmental affairs, said issuing temporary permits for water lines is not a controversial practice across the state.
He said SB 1812 still requires companies to apply for permits and clean up the property when they’re done.
“From our end, it’s a no brainer,” Wilson said.
The bill is awaiting action on the Senate floor. That must come by Thursday if it is to be considered by the House this year.
The Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma has not taken a position on the bill.
Executive Director Gayle Ward said some counties have had problems with water lines causing safety hazards for residents, but the law is not clear on how to handle temporary obstruction of the right of way.
She said SB 1812 would clarify legislative intent on the issue, if it is passed.