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(Second chamber sponsor is Senator Uresti.)
HB 497, if passed, would broaden the definition of “saltwater pipeline facility” such that the pipeline would be defined as one which is involved in the exploration or production of oil or natural gas in addition to one which is used for drilling or production operations only. Currently “saltwater pipeline facility” in code only qualifies as such if it satisfies the latter criteria.
This legislation would simply expand the legal definition of the term “saltwater pipelines” under the Natural Resources code. We do not see this expanded definition being particularly problematic or beneficial to our liberty principles. Thus we are neutral on HB 497.