TX Rep. Myra Crownover is vice chair of the energy resources committee and she receives income from the oil & gas industry. I call that a conflict of interest and questionable ethics. Top contributors from Ethics Explorer: Ronny Crownover … [Read more...]
Irony at TX Lege as RRC bill passes Senate
Irony Alert: Senator Craig Estes tried to amend SB 212 to strip out one of the ethics provisions. Estes was highlighted in the Texas Observer article "Lifestyles of the Corrupt and Elected." The bill will change the RRC name to Texas Energy … [Read more...]
Will we all be West, Texas?
Calvin Tillman and I left DFW very early Wednesday morning to attend the Energy Resources Committee Meeting. I got home about 2:00 am this morning. Around 11:00 pm, we drove by West, Texas the site of the fertilizer explosion. There were still … [Read more...]
Support HB 3599 and HB 3600 to protect residents and landowners.
HB 3599 by Lon Burnam - Relating to restrictions on the siting, drilling, completion, and operation of oil and gas wells in certain locations. HB 3600 by Lon Burnam - Relating to the rights of an owner of the surface estate in land in connection … [Read more...]
Is fracking near your home?
Texans have a right to know! Tell the Texas Energy Resources Committee that landowners have a right to know before fracking happens near them. If fracking pollutes your water, it's very difficult to prove it without pre-fracking testing. That's … [Read more...]
Call Monday to support landowner fracking right to know
Please call the Energy Resources Committee members and tell them Landowners have a right to know before fracking happens near them. House Bill 448 by Representative Dawnna Dukes is a simple bill about promoting a surrounding landowner's right to … [Read more...]
Mayday: Texas Municipal Alert on HB 2828 that removes local control
Please see my post from earlier today. UPDATE: What the committee members do not understand is this will take away a city's right to control esthetics and nuisances like noise and odor. Call your mayors and other city officials. Ask them what … [Read more...]
URGENT Texas House Bill 2828 Removes Local Authority
From Calvin Tillman: I wanted to make everyone aware of Texas House Bill 2828, which would essentially remove a municipality's ability to regulate ANY aspect of the natural gas pipeline industry. This would include above ground appurtenances such as … [Read more...]
Important oil & gas bills up for hearing on Wednesday
Here is a list of bills up for public hearing before the Energy Resources Committee tomorrow. It's very important to write or call committee members and register your support or non-support of these bills. The next two weeks will be intense … [Read more...]
Don’t like pipeline eminent domain? Take action Tuesday to protect property rights.
There are three eminent domain bills this session but HB 3547 is the only one that is worth a flip. Currently Otis Anybody and his evil sister, Jess Anybody, can check a box on a Railroad Commission (RRC) form declaring they are a common carrier … [Read more...]
Two key fracking bills in committee for hearing Wednesday – Please Call
If you want these bills to move out of committee, please pick up the phone and make some calls. It's not hard, it doesn't take long and you can normally just leave a message. HB 379 by Lon Burnam – assesses fee on wastewater injection to encourage … [Read more...]