HB 2991

84(R) - 2015
House Energy Resources
House Energy Resources

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Chris Paddie


James Keffer

Bill Caption

Relating to provision of waivers from municipal regulation of mineral exploration and development activities within its boundaries.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated

Bill Analysis

HB 2991, if passed, would modify the Local Government Code (Subchapter Z, Chapter 212) regarding regulations of minimum setback requirements, related to mineral exploration and development. The two important components of the bill would require that any setback requirements which have already been adopted by a municipality, must be applied uniformly as a city expands. The second change would be that those with authority to develop tracts of land located within existing setbacks, may submit a waiver for an exception from the municipality.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 2991 represents a marginal increase in property rights protection. Given that the bill does not affect municipality laws, or municipality expansion, it actually represents modest protections in the form of forcing said parties to apply setback rule uniformly, and putting in place waiver allowances in code. As such, we support HB 2991.

Organizations Supporting

Breitling Energy
Chesapeake Energy
Exxon Mobil
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Permian Basin Petroleum Association
Pioneer Natural Resources
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
Texas Association of Realtors
Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
Texas Oil and Gas Association
Texas Pipeline Association
Texas Royalty Council