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Natural Resources Code, Title 3. Oil and Gas

Railroad Commission Adopts New, Revised T-4 Pipeline Form-Requires Verification of Common Carrier Status

Prove It Up: Texas Railroad Commission Revises Rule for Pipeline Common Carrier Permits

Understanding the Condemnation Process in Texas

Coping with Condemnation: What Rights Do Texans Have?

Landowner's Bill of Rights

Texas Property Code: Chapter 21

Texas Railroad Commission Eminent Domain

Hubenak vs. San Jacinto Gas Transmission

Condemnation and eminent domain are issues that affect many land owners in the State of Texas. By definition, Eminent domain is the power to take privateCondemnation and eminent domain property for a public purpose and condemnation is the process of taking private property for a public purpose. Only entities with the power of eminent domain can initiate the process. As the issues surrounding the transportation of people, energy, water, and other transportable resources expand in our state more and more land owners are educating themselves on the laws and issues. Unfortunately, our resources are not always readily available in the areas of greatest demand and have to be carried long distances over other landowner private property. This can included roads, pipelines, waterlines, power lines, creation of lakes and reservoirs, generation plants, Condemnation and eminent domainjust about any project that is deemed “for the public good”. In recent years, due to decisions handed down by the Federal Supreme Court, Texas has passed state law and a voter approved constitutional amendments forbidding the taking of private land for private business interests. Recently, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) made a pass at clarifying "common carrier" status to curtail the abuse of eminent domain. Several court cases dealing with common carrier status continue to work their way through the state judicial system. However, private lands are still subject to eminent domain and condemnation by government and quasi-governmental agencies.


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