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Texas Tribune: Explosions from unregulated pipelines can kill in Texas while energy companies go unpunished
Posted on 03/07/2019 under News
People can die when small rural pipelines called "gathering lines" explode. But after decades of talk among industry representatives and regulators, the death of a little girl in Texas serves as a reminder that there are still no rules
Texas Tribune: GOP senator, oil industry clash over proposed eminent domain reforms
Posted on 03/04/2019 under News
At a public hearing on Monday, state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst — who has long tried to strengthen protections for landowners facing condemnation — challenged officials from fossil fuel groups who said her latest legislation would drag down energy production
Senate State Affairs Committee Hearing
Posted on 03/01/2019 under Events
A priority eminent domain reform bill has been set for a hearing before the Senate Committee on State Affairs Committee at the Texas Capitol. Please come testify!
Senate State Affairs Committee Hearing Notice: link
Date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Texas Capitol, Senate Chamber
Directions: Public testimony must be limited to 2 minutes
Please come testify if you’ve been impacted by eminent domain, specifically eminent domain by a private entity. Please attend to share your story and request the committee to support SB 421 by Senator Lois Kolkhorst.
THE PANOLA WATCHMAN: Texas farmers, landowners seek eminent domain reform
Posted on 02/17/2019 under News
A pair of bills that seek to reform the private entity use of the eminent domain process in Texas were filed in mid-January, and they have the support of Texas farmers, ranchers and rural landowners.
“Right now, the eminent domain process is very one-sided, Panola County Farm Bureau President Richard Reed said. “Landowners are often left in the dark on the details of the project that will cross their land.”
KUT NEWS: 3 Questions Answered About The Planned Natural Gas Pipeline In Central Texas
Posted on 02/12/2019 under News
Mose Buchele, KUT News
FEB 12, 2019
As often happens when a Texas pipeline is announced, many people in the project’s path were taken by surprise by the wide-sweeping powers the state grants pipeline companies. With no public engagement process required for routing and building a pipeline here, many residents feel left in the dark about how pipelines work, their potential risks and benefits, and what rights landowners have when it comes to dealing with the company.
That confusion was on display at a pipeline meeting in Wimberley, where residents offered a list of questions about the project that was too long to read aloud, much less answer, before the meeting ended.