Pipeline Protesters Could Face 20 Yrs Under Bill in TX House

Pipeline Protesters Could Face 20 Yrs Under Bill in TX House
Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP

Under a proposal being considered in the Texas House this week, activists who engage in civil disobedience to stop or delay construction on pipelines would be charged with the same level of felony as attempted murderers.

House Bill 3557, by state Representative Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, would increase the penalties and fees for intentional acts that “impede, inhibit or interfere” with the operations of “critical infrastructure,” including electric power facilities, water treatment plants and oil and gas facilities. The bill would go beyond the state's definition of critical infrastructure to include equipment and projects under construction.

 

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