December 28, 2020
The Texas Tribune published an article on December 23 about ongoing issues with the acquisition of property for the federal government’s border wall project. Barron Adler partner Roy Brandys was quoted in article discussing title problems and other similar issues that have been encountered as part of the project.
September 25, 2020
The Federal Railroad Administration has released regulations in connection with the proposed bullet train that would connect Houston and Dallas. These documents collectively outline rules for the system’s signal and trainset control, track, rolling stock, operating rules and practice, system qualifications and maintenance. The documents also set the alignment that the Texas Central Railroad will follow between Dallas and Houston.
June 24, 2020
The US Solicitor General has asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn the ruling of a federal judge in Montana that invalidated a federal permit frequently issued as part of pipeline projects. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a prior request to suspend the Montana-based federal judge’s ruling. “The district court had no warrant to set aside NWP 12 with respect to Keystone XL, let alone for the construction of all new oil and gas pipelines anywhere in the country,” the US Solicitor General wrote.
June 24, 2020
The First District Court of Appeals out of Houston issued an opinion recently, finding that the HSC Pipeline Partnership, LLC pipeline company did not qualify as a common carrier and did not have the power to condemn a pipeline easement. The appellate court also held that the landowner should have been permitted to present evidence of what he had been paid by other pipelines that previously obtained easements on his property. It is currently unknown if the pipeline company plans to appeal to the Supreme Court of Texas.