Texas Lawmakers Propose Limits On Pipeline Land Grab

Law360, Houston (March 11, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT) -- Texas lawmakers on Friday filed a trio of bills that would rein in the power of energy companies to seize private property to accommodate petroleum pipelines, in an effort to balance landowners' rights with the needs of the state's exploding oil and gas industry.

Texas Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, and Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, proposed legislation that would more clearly define what it takes for a crude oil pipeline operator to qualify as a so-called "common carrier," enabling it to run...
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