TEXANS ARE SHOCKED
…THAT OIL AND GAS COMPANIES CAN TAKE THEIR LAND WITHOUT A PUBLIC PROCESS.
In Texas, oil and gas companies choose intrastate pipeline routes with no oversight from the public, elected officials or regulatory body. They are the only private entities that are granted the ability to use eminent domain to take private property without public input.
TREAD is advocating for an oil and gas pipeline routing process similar to the one used by the Public Utility Commission (PUC) for energy transmission lines. PUC’s process includes public environmental and safety studies, a meaningful public input mechanism, and a third party to make final decisions. The PUC has successfully used this process for many years, to fairly and transparently decide routing for power lines.
TREAD understands the importance of the oil and gas industry in Texas, and the urgency around getting product to market. We need a process that balances the industry with private property rights, local economies, public safety and natural resources.
The Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline has generated significant opposition from landowners and local communities. The proposed route of the PHP cuts through some of the most fragile areas in the state as well as some of the fastest-growing counties, making it a prime example of why Texans need a fair and transparent process.
A coalition of landowners supported by TREAD and joined by the City of Kyle and Hays County, have filed suit in the 261st Civil District Court in Travis County to force the Texas Railroad Commission to implement a public oversight process for oil and gas pipeline routing and to stop condemnation activity for the Permian Highway Pipeline until proper routing oversight by the Railroad Commission is established.
- THE FILING
- THE PRESS RELEASE
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