Letter to the Editor: Get started now to save green space for the future

Letter to the Editor: Get started now to save green space for the future

by Richard Bigelow, New Braunfels ETJ Resident Letter to the Editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung July 14, 2019 Citizens of New Braunfels and Comal County, help save our area’s natural beauty! I began looking for a place to move in 2007 and the beauty, parks, open spaces, and friendliness of Comal County and New Braunfels put this area at the top of the list. At the time, there were about 52,000 people in New Braunfels and 106,000 in Comal…

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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
  • News

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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Texas parks are broke. But there’s good news: voters can rescue them.

Texas parks are broke. But there’s good news: voters can rescue them.

Money intended for state parks and historic sites should actually be spent on state parks and historic sites, right? It took lawmakers a little more than a quarter century to reach that conclusion. Since 1993, sales tax collected from the purchase of sporting goods and outdoor gear was supposed to fund Texas’s system of much-loved yet perpetually cash-strapped state parks and historic sites. Buy a kayak in Texas? In theory, you’re a park benefactor. Same for the purchase of baseball…

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Dripping Springs neighbors petition to ‘Save Hamilton Pool’ from RV park development

Dripping Springs neighbors petition to ‘Save Hamilton Pool’ from RV park development

  • June 24, 2019
  • News

A petition circulating online is calling for an end to a proposal to put an RV park near The Hamilton Pool Preserve. “Our kids have grown up here. Our daughter had birthday parties down at Hamilton pool,” said Stagecoach Ranch resident Bob Adkins. People who live nearby believe the quality of water and wildlife at Hamilton Pool is in jeopardy. Two developers are eyeing a 10-acre piece of land above the entrance to the pool. “The property is about 500,…

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HEADS UP PEC CUSTOMERS! Time to Vote!

HEADS UP PEC CUSTOMERS! Time to Vote!

The Pedernales Electric Co-op is having its annual election. Attend the Annual Meeting this Saturday, June 22 at Horseshoe Bay Resort to cast your ballot in person (online and mail-in voting has ended). Remember- the PEC Board sets important policy and shapes the Hill Country, particularly when it comes to night skies and outdoor lighting. As always, voting is the only way to make sure your voice is heard! Access voting methods and instructions here 

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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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Letter to the Editor, the challenges of growth

Letter to the Editor, the challenges of growth

by Ernie Witter, New Braunfels, TX, with the Comal Country Conservation Alliance Letter to the Editor of the Herald-Zietung Published June 11, 2019 Recent articles in the Herald-Zietung pointed out the continued growth of New Braunfels. As the second fastest growing city by percentage in the nation, New Braunfels welcomes about 15 new people each day—that’s about 5,500 new residents per year. Providing schools, libraries, parks, medical facilities, police, firefighters, and other services that our growing population will need is…

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