TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 117. HAZARDOUS LIQUID OR CARBON DIOXIDE PIPELINE

SUBCHAPTER D. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS



§ 117.101. LIMITATIONS ON POWERS OF CITIES.
     (a) Except as otherwise provided by this subchapter, this chapter may not be construed to reduce, limit, or impair the authority provided by law to any city.
     (b) Except as provided by Subsection (c) of this section, a city may not adopt or enforce an ordinance that establishes safety standards or practices applicable to the pipeline transportation of hazardous liquids or carbon dioxide or hazardous liquid or carbon dioxide pipeline facilities that are subject to regulation by federal or state law.
     (c) A city may adopt ordinances that establish conditions for installing or relocating pipelines over, under, along, or across public streets and alleys within the boundaries of the city.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 4914, ch. 873, § 1, eff. Aug. 29, 1983. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 28, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 530, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2005; Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 720, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

§ 117.102. AUTHORITY OF CITY TO ASSESS CHARGES.
     (a) Except as otherwise provided by this section, a city may not assess a charge for the placement, construction, maintenance, repair, replacement, operation, use, relocation, or removal of a hazardous liquid or carbon dioxide pipeline facility on, along, or across a public road, highway, street, alley, stream, canal, or other public way.
     (b) A city may:
          (1) assess a reasonable annual charge for the placement, construction, maintenance, repair, replacement, operation, use, relocation, or removal by an owner or operator of a hazardous liquid or carbon dioxide pipeline facility on, along, or across the public roads, highways, streets, alleys, streams, canals, or other public ways located within the city and maintained by the city; and
          (2) recover the reasonable cost of repairing damage to a public road, highway, street, alley, stream, canal, or other public way located within the city and maintained by the city that is caused by the placement, construction, maintenance, repair, replacement, operation, use, relocation, or removal of a hazardous liquid or carbon dioxide pipeline facility if the owner or operator of the facility does not repair the damage in accordance with generally applicable paving standards or other applicable standards in the city.
     (c) A charge authorized by Subsection (b)(1) may not exceed the cost to the city of administering, supervising, inspecting, and otherwise regulating the location of the pipeline facility, including maintaining records and maps of the location of the pipeline facility.
     (d) The owner or operator of a pipeline facility may appeal the assessment of a charge under Subsection (b)(1) to the commission. The commission shall hear the appeal de novo. Unless the city that assessed the charge establishes that the charge is authorized by this section, the commission shall declare the charge invalid or reduce the charge to an amount authorized by this section. The commission has exclusive jurisdiction to determine whether a charge under Subsection (b)(1) is authorized by this section. The owner or operator of the pipeline facility and the city shall share equally the costs incurred by the commission in connection with the appeal.
     (e) A city must file suit to collect a charge authorized by Subsection (b)(1) not later than the fourth anniversary of the date the charge becomes due. The running of the limitations period under this subsection is tolled on the filing of an appeal of the charge under Subsection (d) and begins running again on the date the appeal is determined.
     (f) This section may not be construed to prevent a city from:
          (1) recovering the reasonable cost of repairing damage to a city facility, other than a public way, caused by acts of the owner or operator of a pipeline facility; or
          (2) requiring the owner or operator of a pipeline facility to relocate the pipeline facility, at the owner's or operator's expense, to permit the construction, maintenance, modification, or alteration of a city facility.
     (g) Notwithstanding Subsection (f)(2), the city shall pay the cost of relocating a pipeline facility if the pipeline facility is authorized by a property right that has priority over the city's right to use the public way for the city facility.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 530, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2005;

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 720, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.