State Representative Erin Zwiener Files Eleven Bills Related to Pipeline Oversight

State Representative Erin Zwiener filed eleven bills designed to bring public oversight to the common carrier pipeline routing and eminent domain processes.

3/11/2019

State Representative Erin Zwiener filed eleven bills designed to bring public oversight to the
common carrier pipeline routing and eminent domain processes. These bills were inspired by the proposed
Kinder Morgan pipeline, which is currently routed through Hays and Blanco counties.

Pipeline Bills
HB 2277 would require companies to complete an environmental impact assessment prior to the
construction of a natural gas pipeline.

HB 3320 would require water pollution abatement plans be submitted to TCEQ for oil and gas facilities and
pipelines in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.

HB 3324 would ensure that pipeline companies develop a contingency plan in case of groundwater or surface
water contamination.

HB 3326 allows municipalities to require the burial of pipelines at a depth no greater than 12 feet.

HB 4060 would establish a pipeline emergency preparedness grant program that utilizes fees assessed for
permits or registrations of pipelines for the purposes of funding costs associated with emergency planning for
new pipelines.

HB 4382 would give routing authority of all common carrier pipelines to the Railroad Commission. Currently
Railroad Commission only has jurisdiction over coal carrying pipelines.

EMINENT DOMAIN/LAND RESTORATION
HB 3327 would require common carrier pipelines to notify the county judge and groundwater districts within
each county affected by a new common carrier pipeline route, or within five miles of a pipeline route.

HB 4154 provides protections to landowners during the condemnation proceedings process, specifically
providing a 180 day waiting period after a special commissioner hearing, so that the property owner can
consider whether to litigate.

HB 4156 requires a temporary moratorium on the exercise of eminent domain powers of private pipeline
companies through September 1, 2021 to provide the legislature with the time to study the need for any
changes to land use controls or restrictions related to private pipeline companies.

HB 4423 would create a bonding process to ensure land restoration on private land after the construction of
a pipeline.

HB 4573 would require the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to guidance to landowners on how to protect wildlife habitat while undergoing the eminent domain process.

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Contact: Joe Green
(832) 859-9448
joe.green@house.texas.gov