Sunday, August 11, 2013

New Blog

I have started a new blog:

I will not be posting to this blog any further; however, I will leave this blog active so that you can look through the archives.

Friday, April 12, 2013

URGENT Texas House Bill 2828 Removes Local Authority Over Pipelines, Compressors, Etc.

 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 compressors and treating equipment.  This bill is being labeled as preventing each town from implementing different safety standard on pipelines; however, if you read the bill listed below it clearly states that it will preempt "any ordinance", "relating to any aspect or phase of the gas pipeline industry".  Furthermore, municipalities have been preempted from implementing safety standards on pipeline companies for decades.  

A bank of compressor stations the size of the ones located in DISH, could and would be located wherever the natural gas industry wanted it to be, and there would be nothing that your local government could do to prevent it or even mitigate it.  This would also prevent municipalities from enforcing noise or odor ordinances.  Therefore, it is critical that we take action immediately.  This bill will be voted on in the Energy Resource Committee by Wednesday April 17, 2013; this has to be stopped.  Below are the members of this committee, please make as many phone calls as possible, and share this with as many lists as you can.  If you live in the Barnett Shale or any other shale play, your life will be permanently altered if you do not take action on this bill.  

Below is the original bill and there is a committee sub that is just as bad.  Please call each representative listed below, whether you live in their district or not and tell them you oppose House Bill 2828, if they try to explain that this bill only applies to safety standards, simple ask them what do they define as "all municipal ordinances".  I do not reach out very often like this, so I hope you realize the urgency of this situation.  Please call the numbers below, and pass this message on to as many people as possible.

Committee Chair, Jim Keffer
(512) 463-0656

Myra Crownover
(512) 463-0582

Lon Burnam
(512) 463-0740

Terry Canales
(512) 463-0426

Tony Dale (Author) Of course his district is not in a area where there is drilling.
(512) 463-0696

Phil King (Co-Sponsor)
(512) 463-0738

J.M. Lozano
(512) 463-0463

Chris Paddie
(512) 463-0556

Ralph Sheffield
(512) 463-0630

Gene Wu
(512) 463-0492

By: DaleH.B. No. 2828
relating to the effect of rules and standards adopted by the
Railroad Commission of Texas relating to the gas pipeline industry
on ordinances, orders or rules adopted by political subdivisions.
       SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 121, Utilities Code is
amended by adding Section 121.1515 to read as follows:
       Section 121.1515  EFFECT ON OTHER LAW.  The rules and
standards promulgated and adopted by the commission under Section
121.151 preempt and supersede any ordinance, order, or rule adopted
by a political subdivision of this state relating to an
y aspect or
phase of the gas pipeline industry.  A political subdivision may
petition the commission for permission to promulgate more
restrictive rules and standards related to conditions for mapping,
inventorying, locating or relocating pipelines over, under, along
or across a public street, alley or other public property in the
boundaries of the municipality.
       SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect on September 1, 2013.

Thanks and God Bless,

Calvin Tillman
Former Mayor, DISH, TX / Citizens' Advocate
(940) 453-3640

"Those who say it can not be done, should get out of the way of those that are doing it"