According to Texans for Public Justice (TPJ), the Texas Railroad Commission repeatedly misled the public about its involvement in two controversial gas pipelines. The pipelines will be built across West Texas by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), which has given almost $225,000 in recent years to the three Railroad Commissioners.
After repeatedly claiming that it had no role in the project, the Railroad Commission quietly approved permits to allow ETP to condemn the land of hundreds of ranchers. Explaining such takings to the commissioners’ xenophobic GOP base could be rough–given that the purpose of the pipelines is to supply gas to Mexico’s state-owned electric company.
Read the report: Eminent-Domain Billionaires Spark West Texas Pipe Lying at TPJ.