State Bill 1871, signed into law by Governor Abbott

Titled:  An Act relating to the creation of the offense of petroleum product or oil and gas equipment theft.   This penal code addition takes effect on September 1, 2017.

Definitions include: “Oil and gas equipment means machinery, drilling equipment, welding equipment, pipe, fittings, pumps, vehicles, or other equipment used in the drilling or maintenance of oil and gas wells, in the production of oil and gas, or to transport petroleum products.  Petroleum product means crude oil, natural gas, or condensate”.

The offense is committed by unlawfully appropriating oil and gas equipment “without the owner’s effective consent.”  A felony.

This is a finely crafted penal code addition – simple and direct, easy to understand, and comprehensive to our industry’s concerns.  John P. Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Energy Security Council, posted this morning:

Texas Governor Abbott signed State Bill 1871 into law. This bill applies to the theft of oil and oilfield equipment and the penalties for those committing oilfield crimes.  This law is another very useful tool for corporate security teams and law enforcement to use in the ongoing fight against oilfield theft and crime.   

 Much thanks are due to those who spent many hours helping research, craft and promote this timely legislation, including Rob Ream of BHP Billiton Petroleum; LC Wilson, Clete Buckaloo, and Kevin Pullen of Anadarko Petroleum; Mike Peters of Lewis Energy; Robert Butler from the Texas Attorney General’s office; and Paula Barnett from BP.