TREAD believes that landowners need a regulated process where their concerns and alternatives are considered before a private, for-profit corporation takes their property.
There is no provision in Texas law for public oversight or input into the routing process for oil & gas pipelines. The Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUC) oversees a public process for the routing of power lines that is accessible to all affected landowners and balances the costs and benefits of the route before the delegation of eminent domain power. A process should be put in place that holds the oil & gas industry to the same standards.
The Kinder-Morgan Permian Highway is one example of how this ambiguous process can have exponential impacts on landowners. Stay-tuned for more to come on this issue! At this time please view the following links for additional information on the Kinder-Morgan Permian Highway: