TENNESSEE - Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure" Anti-Protest Bills

  • Posted on: 25 March 2019
  • By: Connor Gibson

Updated July 16, 2019. See Full Report: State Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest of Oil & Gas "Critical Infrastructure"

2019 SB 0264:

  • Signed by Governor Bill Lee on May 15, 2019
  • Passed Senate on March 18, 2019, passed by House on April 30, 2019
  • Introduced on January 30, 2019

ICNL Analysis:

Would create new penalties for protests and demonstrations that "interrupt" or "interfere with" a pipeline or pipeline construction site. The bill would make it a Class E felony for an individual or organization to knowingly "injure, remove, destroy, break down, or otherwise interrupt or interfere with" a pipeline, pipeline facility, or related equipment, including if it is under construction. Under the bill, an individual or organization that causes or “aids” that damage or interference would likewise be guilty of a Class E felony. Both offenses would be punishable by up to six years in prison and a $3,000 fine.

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2019 HB 0156:

  • Replaced by SB 0264 (above) on April 30, 2019
  • Introduced on January 30, 2019

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