HB3557 passed the Texas House on May 7, and now moves to the Senate. The bill would enhance penalties for civil disobedience at pipelines and other so-called "critical infrastructure" sites. The bill is being promoted by gas and oil companies and the intent is to silence activism against the fossil fuel industry and other polluters.
The House has just passed HB3557, making civil disobedience at pipelines a 3rd degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The bill is modeled after draft legislation promoted heavily by the industry connected American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
In Louisiana, a similar bill passed into law in January has already resulted in over a dozen felony charges against peaceful protesters opposing Energy Transfer’s Bayou Bridge pipeline. The impacts of bills like this are real and immediate. Let’s make sure our state senators feel the pressure.
Don’t let the Texas Legislature silence you!
You might not live in Texas?