Texas to outlaw protests that damage pipelines and other critical infrastructure
A bill that would stiffen penalties for those who damage or trespass around oil and gas operations is advancing through the Texas Legislature.Violators could face up to 10 years in the penitentiary. The anti-energy left would be hardest hit.
Republicans say the measure that passed the Texas Senate on Monday would not limit legal protests but would deter people from damaging any property deemed critical infrastructure.
Republican Rep. Chris Paddie’s bill would classify pipelines as critical infrastructure , putting them in the same category as power plants and water treatment facilities. It would protect any property deemed critical infrastructure.