Texas Passes Felony Penalties For Pipeline Damage

Law360 (May 20, 2019, 8:35 PM EDT) -- The Texas Legislature on Monday passed a bill that would impose felony penalties on those who damage oil and gas pipelines and other so-called critical infrastructure in a move criticized by activists as an attack on free speech.

Supporters of the bill, which the state Senate approved, say that its strong penalties would help deter damage to important infrastructure, including wellheads and electrical facilities where people are not supposed to go and that are essential for daily life.

Under the bill, those caught damaging critical infrastructure could face up to two decades in prison and a $10,000 fine. Intending to do...

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