TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CAPITOL OFFICE: DISTRICT OFFICE:
P.O. BOX 2910 1067 W. MAGNOLIA, SUITE C
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78768-2910 FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76104
DISTRICT 90 • FORT WORTH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2009
Contact: Craig Adair at (512) 463-0740
Burnam and Concerned Citizens to Hold Press Conference on New
Legislation Regarding Natural Gas Drilling in the Barnett Shale
~ Bills address Pipeline Routing, Safety, and Eminent Domain ~
(Austin, Texas) – This week, State Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) will file new legislation
addressing some of the most pressing issues facing Fort Worth residents caught in the cross-fire
between natural gas producers, pipeline companies, mineral rights owners, and the largest on-
shore natural gas reserves in the country.
Natural gas activity has skyrocketed in recent years, resulting in a 200% increase in production
since 2004. There are now over ten thousand natural gas wells in the Barnett Shale.
"The wide range of topics covered by these bills provides insight into the complexity and the
many dangers associated with urban gas drilling," said Greg Hughes. "Perhaps local officials
will be inspired to assume their responsibilities as well."
Bills filed address head-on the highly contentious matter of eminent domain, a right enjoyed by
private pipeline companies in Texas. Others address pipeline routing and safety requirements for
natural gas pipelines, including municipal authority to regulate pipeline safety measures.
Currently, gathering lines can transport highly combustible and undetectable raw gas through
"We need to get this right before catastrophe strikes," Burnam said. "Not after."
Rep. Burnam will discuss six new bills addressing issues related to natural gas drilling in the
WHO: Rep. Burnam and Greg Hughes, Community Activist
WHAT: Press Conference to Discuss New Legislation regarding the Barnett Shale
WHEN: Friday, February 20, 2009, 9:00am
WHERE: Camellia Room, Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth,
Committees: Environmental Regulation -- Public Safety