Democratic State Rep. Lon Burnam held a press conference this morning with local citizen activists to announce the filing of six bills aimed at reforming how natural gas drilling is conducted in Tarrant County.
A write up of the press conference is at our Politex blog.
The six bills were filed last night and are now online:
--HB 1533 requires the Texas Railroad Commission to notify certain elected officials upon receipt of gas drilling permit applications in Tarrant County
--HB 1534 requires natural gas production and pipeline companies to disclose property appraisal, damage estimate, and other relevant appraisals in condemnation procedures.
--HB 1535 lays out a new process for pipeline companies to apply for and receive a permit from the Texas Railroad Commission before condemning property for pipeline construction.
--HB 1536 repeals eminent domain authority for subsidiary pipeline companies in the construction of gathering and transmission lines in Tarrant County
--HB 1537creates a new series of rules including setback requirements for gathering and transmission lines in Tarrant County
-HB 1538 authorizes Tarrant County and municipalities in the county to regulate pipeline safety.