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Rights of Way

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General Recommendations:

Use of existing rights-of-way is encouraged to lessen adverse impacts to sensitive areas on state-owned submerged lands. Pipeline construction under navigation channels is subject to special routing and burial requirements. Development may be accomplished by directional drilling from parts of state tracts that are outside the federal right-of-way. All work on tracts where navigation concerns have been identified should be coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District, Operations Division, local navigation districts, port authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard.

To ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding navigation channels, dredge material placement areas, anchorage areas, safety fairways, and other navigational concerns, contact the USACE Galveston District Navigation Division and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Following is a link to USACE Standard Operating Procedures for Federal Channel Setbacks:

All activities should be coordinated with the commenting agencies and should use Best Management Practices to avoid unnecessary impacts to sensitive areas. The following mitigation sequence may be applied during the evaluation of potential adverse impacts of a project: (1) avoidance of adverse impacts; (2) minimization of adverse impacts; and (3) compensation for unavoidable adverse impacts.

For information on Best Management Practices and guidelines to reduce the overall impact to the environments and facilitate permitting, please visit:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District construction guidelines:

  • RW – Navigation concerns may exist.
    This tract may contain navigation channels, dredged material placement areas, safety fairways, designated channel setbacks, anchorage areas and other navigation concerns. 

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George Martin
George Martin