The state Senate unanimously passed legislation by Sen. Wendy Davis that would permit the construction of saltwater pipelines along public right-of-way to transport hydraulic fracturing fluid in the Barnett Shale.
Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, said the construction of the piplines would reduce the need for saltwater transportation by trucks that damage roadways and create noise and congestion in Tarrant County neighborhoods.
"The use of these large trucks cause heightened emissions as
well as noise pollution and increased traffic," Davis said. "Furthermore the trips cost the state and local governments millions of
dollars in road repair and
SB514 would allow saltwater pipeline operators to install and operate pipelines "through, under, along or across" public roadways, Davis said, the same rights of way that she said are available to the utility industry.
Davis said she worked with local governments, oil companies, environmental groups and pipeline companies in writing the bill. The measure, she said, would take saltwater transportation "off the road," enabling state and local governments to save money in road repair and maintenance.
Senators voted 31-0 to send the bill to the Senate
-- Dave Montgomery