As Rachel Maddow says, “Talk me down here.”
Organizations seek help with gas pipeline concerns
The Texas Pipeline Association has proposed a bill that would give the Texas Railroad Commission exclusive authority over the gas-gathering pipelines in the state.
The Texas Railroad Commission provides almost no oversight! They are more in the business of providing cover for the industry in exchange for favors and campaign money.
To illustrate I, again, use this example because it is the most egregious one that comes readily to me.
This sludge pit, near where I live, had an over-powering stench of raw sewage. I am certain the drilling company dumped the tank of sewage collected from living on site while drilling into the pit. I’ve seen and smelled many sludge pits and I’ve never smelled anything like this.
Mr. Gwyn refused to test the water in the pit, which would prove my belief, because his inspector “didn’t see any toilet paper floating” in the pit.
Nope! I’m not thinking that the TRC needs any more authority over anything. In fact, I think we need to flush and start over!
What’s going on here? I attended a meeting in Fort Worth where Mary McDaniel stated that the TRC is the regulating authority over gas gathering pipelines.
And this from a Fort Worth resident:
Seems a little strange to me! Fort Worth mayor and city staff has already stated that gas gathering lines are the purview of the RRC! It’s in the resolution passed by our city council.
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Jerry Lobdill says
My sentiments exactly!
My understanding is that the RRC regulates the technical aspects and the tarriffs on the pipelines. They don’t regulate where they can go.
Cities need to regulate the location for safety and property protection reasons, and let the RRC determine rates and how the pipeline is constructed.
The only authority I would give the RRC is to take them off of public funding and allow them to go to the O&G industry to solicit their funds. This would save a whole bunch of tax money and NOTHING WOULD CHANGE!!