Texas Pipeline Penalties May Hit $2M Under New Bill

Law360, Houston (April 29, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT) -- A bill that would increase penalties for oil and gas pipeline safety violations to as much as $2 million and bring Texas in line with federal rules advanced in the state Legislature on Monday, while a Senate committee was set Tuesday to debate a measure that hopes to lessen delays in federal greenhouse gas permitting.

S.B. 900, authored by Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, would increase penalty amounts the Texas Railroad Commission can impose against pipeline owners and operators who violate state safety standards and open...
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