Austin, TX — Constructing a pipeline, like building a road, requires an area of land to be disturbed. But sometimes the pipeline company doesn’t restore that land properly. State Representative Zwiener (Driftwood) laid out House Bill 4423 today in front of the House Committee on Energy Resources this afternoon, which seeks to ensure proper surface remediation and land restoration for landowners whose land was taken for the construction of a pipeline. Specifically, HB 4423 establishes a grant program to address land restoration issues such as erosion control, soil replacement, and vegetation re-establishment over disturbed areas.
“Landowners currently don’t have assurances that their land, which was taken under threat of eminent domain, will be returned to its proper condition,” said Rep. Zwiener. “With this bill, we are standing up for Texas landowners whose property is disturbed by the construction of pipelines without a choice in the matter.”
60 Texans traveled to the capitol to log their positions on HB 4423, 51 of whom supported the bill. The bill was laid out before the House Energy Resources Committee and joined four other pipeline-related bills: Rep. Zwiener’s HB 4060 as well as Rep. Rafael Anchia’s (D-Dallas) HB 864, HB 866, and HB 868. Rep Zwiener is a co-author on all three.
Other background: Kinder Morgan is planning a 430-mile pipeline that would run from West Texas near to the Houston suburb of Katy. The pipeline would cut through the Hill Country and Hays County landscape — the heart of Rep. Zwiener’s House District 45.
Local jurisdictions in and near House District 45 that have each passed resolutions against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline include:
● Hays County
● Gillespie County
● City of Kyle
● City of Buda
● City of San Marcos
● City of Wimberley
● City of Woodcreek
● Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District
● Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
● Hill Country Underground Water District
● Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
● Hays CISD
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