May 27, 2021
Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, released the following statement after HB 2730, an eminent domain reform bill, passed the Texas Senate early this morning, sending the bill to the Governor’s desk for his signature into law:
“After many years and multiple legislative sessions working with stakeholders to craft an agreement, we applaud the Texas Legislature for passing an eminent domain reform bill that guarantees private property rights are respected and preserved throughout the eminent domain process while ensuring that essential infrastructure, such as energy pipelines, roads, electric lines, and high-speed internet lines, can be built. Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the nation, and essential infrastructure is needed to meet the demands of our booming population. Every Texan relies on electric transmission lines, roads, drainage and flood control, and pipelines for water, oil, natural gas and transportation fuels. The expansion of this infrastructure – while also protecting private property rights – is essential to the state’s continued growth and success. We hope Governor Abbott will sign this important bill into law.”
Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.