A bill that will increase the penalties for those interfering with oil and gas operations is advancing in Texas, US.
Under the bill, submitted by Republican Representative Christopher Paddie, any pipeline transporting oil or gas or facility or pipeline under construction would be considered critical infrastructure.
With this change, pipelines would be protected under the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which relates to the civil and criminal liability of individuals engaging in conduct that damages, destroys, or impairs and interrupts operations of critical infrastructure.
Those who impair or interrupt pipeline operation and construction – including for protest – could face a fine of up to US$10,000 as well as up to one year’s jail time.
Those who trespass and damage a facility would still be subject to being charged with a third-degree felony and up to 10 years in prison.
For more information visit the Texas Legislature website.
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