Hill Country Commission awards more landowners major damages in pipeline case

Hill Country Commission awards more landowners major damages in pipeline case

  • August 21, 2019
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A court-appointed panel has awarded a total of more than $3 million to four landowners caught up in condemnation proceedings with Kinder Morgan over the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline. The awards, the largest of which was $1.3 million, paint a stark contrast to Kinder Morgan’s own appraisals of these same properties, none of which exceeded $21,000. Kinder Morgan, who did not produce their appraiser at two hearings last week to defend their figure, has previously indicated their opposition to compensating…

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Kinder Morgan ordered to pay another $2.7 million in Hill Country pipeline dispute

Kinder Morgan ordered to pay another $2.7 million in Hill Country pipeline dispute

  • August 15, 2019
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Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan has been ordered to pay another $2.7 million in a widening eminent domain dispute out in the Texas Hill Country. A three-member panel of the Blanco County Special Commissioners ordered Kinder Morgan to pay three landowners more than $2.7 million in order to seize parts of their properties for the company’s proposed Permian Highway Pipeline. Kinder Morgan is seeking to build the $2 billion pipeline to move 2.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per…

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Hill Country landowner vindicated by commission: Kinder Morgan ordered to pay fair market value for land

Hill Country landowner vindicated by commission: Kinder Morgan ordered to pay fair market value for land

  • August 9, 2019
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Blanco County, TX – Hill Country landowner Matthew Walsh is breathing easier today after a three-panel special commission of real estate professionals ordered pipeline developer Kinder Morgan to pay damages to his land in the amount of $233,500. This award comes despite Kinder Morgan’s claims that there would be zero damages to the whole property. The ruling by the commission happened Tuesday as part of condemnation proceedings related to Kinder Morgan’s planned Permian Highway Pipeline, a 42-inch, 430-mile natural gas…

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What’s in the way of this Texas pipeline? A cute songbird

What’s in the way of this Texas pipeline? A cute songbird

The golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered songbird native to Central Texas, always seems to be flitting around controversy. It proved to be a roadblock derailing the Texas Department of Transportation’s plans to build a toll road in 2016. Prominent politicians in Texas say protections for the bird infringe on property rights. And in the last few years, the diminutive bird has survived multiple attempts to remove it from the federal endangered species list. Now the warbler is at the center of…

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Kinder Morgan sues Austin suburb over anti-pipeline ordinance

Kinder Morgan sues Austin suburb over anti-pipeline ordinance

  • July 23, 2019
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Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan has sued an Austin suburb over the passage of an ordinance that the company alleges aims to keep a proposed natural gas pipeline out of town, disrupting a project already registered with state regulators. In a 22-page lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Austin, Kinder Morgan alleges that the City of Kyle overstepped state and federal law when city council members passed a July 2 ordinance regulating the construction of natural gas…

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Op-ed: Much info about pipeline was not mentioned

Op-ed: Much info about pipeline was not mentioned

  • July 15, 2019
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By David Baker, Executive Director of the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association Op-ed for the San Antonio Express-News July 15, 2019 It’s more than ironic that Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s vice president of public affairs, began a recent op-ed (“Pipeline safest way to move gas,” Friday, July 5) about the Permian Highway Pipeline with a reference to fake news. Given the fact that Kinder Morgan is less than forthcoming with the public about the specifics of the Permian Highway Pipeline, it’s…

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A year later, the Trans-Pecos Pipeline still isn’t reaching Mexico

A year later, the Trans-Pecos Pipeline still isn’t reaching Mexico

The hotly-contested Trans-Pecos Pipeline went into service in West Texas one year ago this month, amid protest from local opponents over private property disputes and environmental impacts. The aim of the Mexican-backed project was to export natural gas from the Permian Basin across the border. But one year in, Mexico is still not using any of the gas. And residents of the Big Bend have been feeling some of the pipeline’s impacts lately. Mae Ridgway lives in a pink adobe…

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Proposed pipeline would cut through Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat

Proposed pipeline would cut through Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat

Every March, birders spill into the canyonlands outside of Austin, Texas, to search for Golden-cheeked Warblers. The tiny black-and-white songbird, with vibrant yellow splashed across its face, is the state’s sole endemic bird, and a federally protected species with an estimated population of 27,000. In early spring the birds migrate up from Central America to nest in the Hill Country, a region of limestone hills, caves, clear creeks, and swimming holes in Central Texas. There they construct deep cup nests, weaving strands of ash-juniper…

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Kinder Morgan wins Texas court challenge, removing obstacle to $2 billion gas pipeline

Kinder Morgan wins Texas court challenge, removing obstacle to $2 billion gas pipeline

Kinder Morgan can begin work on a $2 billion natural gas pipeline without having the Texas energy regulator approve its proposed route, a state judge ruled on Tuesday. The decision removes a challenge to the state’s licensing process that lets gas pipeline companies determine their own route and acquire land without a landowner’s consent. Texas is in the midst of a pipeline-construction boom with multibillion-dollar projects under way to bring shale oil and gas to market. A Travis County District…

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City Council opposes pipeline; calls for review of potential impact to aquifers

City Council opposes pipeline; calls for review of potential impact to aquifers

Joining several other Central Texas communities, the Austin City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution opposing a natural gas pipeline that energy company Kinder Morgan is routing through the Hill Country. The 430-mile pipeline is proposed to travel from West Texas to the Gulf Coast, crossing over the Trinity and Edwards aquifers, cutting through natural habitat areas, as well as privately owned Hill Country properties. Working with members of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and the TREAD…

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