Friday, March 18, 2011

BILL ALERT!!!! SB 875 Is On The Move!!!!

Now is the time to let Austin know that this is a bad bill for the citizen's of Texas. The bill is on the move. The bill is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Click here to see the history on this bill.

Take Action Now!!

Click here to go to the previous post with information on this SB 875 and how to contact Austin.

Rule 37 Action Alert from TXOGAP

The Texas Railroad Commission is in the process of amending the Rule 37 exception. Of course the amendments will not be favorable for the average citizen but as usual, benefit the Gas and Oil Industry

As the rule stands today, the Texas Railroad Commission must notify you when the Gas or Oil Company files for the Rule 37 and before the Rule 37 is granted. The property owner affected by the Rule 37 has the right to a hearing. This new amendment may allow the TRC to administratively approve the exception, allow the drilling company to put everything in motion and then allow you a hearing.

It has tentatively approved a change to Rule 37 that would allow a driller to take your minerals, without your consent or payment, so long as they notify you after the fact.

All comments on the proposal may be submitted to Rules Coordinator, Office of General Counsel,Railroad Commission of Texas, P.O. Box 12967, Austin, Texas 78711-2967; online; or by electronic mail to should refer to O&G Docket No. 20-0268564, and will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on March 22, 2011.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountablity Project Facebook Page

For up to the minute info on gas drilling related issues, follow the OGAP on facebook.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ATTENTION!!! Urgent message about SB 875 and your PROPERTY RIGHTS

Only 148 people have taken this action so far. Please put this action on your blogs and your Facebook pages. Please forward to every Texan you know.

We need 10,000 people to take this action!

This bill will effect the entire state of Texas! You need to understand that this bill means you will have NO RECOURSE against trespass onto your property of pollution--air, water, spills and underground trespass--from natural gas drilling, coal plants, mining, cement plants or any other industry. NO RECOURSE, folks! Any industry that is operating under a permit gets a pass under this bill.

Don't let Troy Fraser and his corporate croniestrample your property rights!
Tell your TX state senator to block SB 875
State senator Troy Fraser, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and renowned champion of corporate interests, recently introduced his latest bad idea, SB 875.

Click here to tell the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee to stop SB 875
In a nutshell: SB 875 allows Texas state permit holders to trample on your property rights
A permit -- for gas drilling, or anything else -- is supposed to make the permit-holder behave responsibly.

SB 875 turns that on its head – it makes a permit a “get out of jail free” card. No matter what the gas driller (or other permit holder) does -- if they’re holding a government permit, they can’t be held accountable under Texas nuisance law. If SB 875 becomes law, that is.

Pollution from industry can trespass onto your property all day and night, pollute it, make your family sick, kill your livestock, and industry only has to say “I was just following my permit or rule.”

TAKE ACTION: Tell the members of the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee: protect our property rights, oppose SB 875!

  • Go to the action page.
  • Go to page bottom and enter your zip code so the system can find your Senator.
  • Read the sample letter that appears and edit it if possible.
  • Customized letters have greater impact.
  • Click "Send My Message" to fax your letter to our member of the Texas Natural Resources Committee.
For more information, go to the action page.

NOTE: only Texans who are represented by members of the committee can take action

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Texas OGAP Bill Alert SB 875

EARTHWORKS is sending out an Alert for SB 875. Forward this alert to all your contacts, please ask them to take the action which will send a fax to their representative. Please ask them to forward to their friends using the link at Texas OGAP. Please ask them to take it one step further and contact ALL the committee members and the committee clerk. Sign up on the right had side of the blog to receive Bill alerts from TXOGAP.

Troy Fraser 512-475-3732 Fax


Craig Estes (512) 463-8874 Fax

Bob Deuell (512) 463-7202 fax

Robert Duncan Fax: (512) 463-2424

Kevin Eltife (512) 475-3751 (Fax)

Glenn Hegar (512) 475-3736 (Fax)

Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (512) 463-0229 Fax

Mike Jackson (512) 475-3727 Fax

Robert Nichols (512) 463-1526 Fax

Kel Seliger (512) 475-3733 fax

Carlos Uresti (512) 463-1017 Fax

Committee Clerk: Tatum Reagan – 512-463-6769