May 12, 2021
AUSTIN – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, released the following statement applauding the Texas House of Representatives for passing HB 2730, an eminent domain reform bill which makes significant improvements to the process for property owners while also ensuring the building of critical infrastructure:
“The Texas oil and natural gas industry believes that in Texas, private property rights are paramount. For decades, landowners and public use entities have negotiated to guarantee that private property rights are respected and preserved throughout the eminent domain process while ensuring that essential infrastructure, such as energy pipelines, can be built. HB 2730 represents agreed-to legislation that both protects and improves private property owners’ rights and ensures that essential and critical infrastructure such as roads, electric lines, high-speed internet lines and pipelines can be built in order to make certain the needs of a growing, thriving Texas are met. We hope the Texas Senate will send this important legislation to Governor Abbott’s desk.”
Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.