Public Hearing - Placement of Saltwater Pipelines in Highway Right of Way
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Public Hearing - Placement of Saltwater Pipelines in Highway Right of Way

Where: Texas Department of Transportation
Ric Williamson Hearing Room
125 East 11th St.
Austin, TX 78701
When: Friday, July 25, 2014
9 a.m.
Purpose: The purpose of the hearing is to gather public input and comments on amendments to rules in Chapter 21, Subchapter C, relating to Utility Accommodation, and new Subchapter R, relating to Leasing of Right of Way to Saltwater Pipeline Operators.
Description: The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed rule amendments to implement Senate Bill 514, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, which added Natural Resources Code, Subchapter T, authorizing a saltwater pipeline operator to install, maintain, and operate a pipeline through, under, along, across, or over a public road, by lease agreement and under the conditions set forth by the Texas Transportation Commission. 

The goal of the bill was to encourage the use of state right of way and the construction of saltwater pipelines as a mechanism of transport for this wastewater from drill sites to disposal injection wells. The proposed rule amendments add new Subchapter R to 43 TAC Chapter 21 that sets forth the leasing requirements. Additionally, the amendments make minor and non-substantive changes to Chapter 21, Subchapter C, Utility Accommodations, to modify definitions and terms of relocation for saltwater pipeline facilities in conformance with Senate Bill 514.
Contact: Right of Way Division
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 416-2928