Texas Oil, Gas Regulator Seeks Authority For New Fees

Law360, Dallas (November 16, 2012, 9:05 PM EST) -- Texas’ oil and gas regulator should be able to charge an upfront fee for companies applying for pipeline permits, it said Friday in a report to the state’s Sunset Commission, citing booming growth in the Barnett and Eagle Ford shales as putting a strain on the current system.

The Railroad Commission said charging an upfront permit fee would help pay for oversight of the state’s rapidly growing network of oil and gas pipelines and shift responsibility for pipeline oversight from natural gas consumers to pipeline operators....
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