Kinder Morgan asks judge to throw out Permian Highway Pipeline lawsuit

Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against a project to move natural gas from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Gulf Coast.

Citing various technicalities, lawyers representing the pipeline company filed a motion on Tuesday asking a state district judge in Travis County to throw out the lawsuit against Kinder Morgan, a subsidiary overseeing the pipeline project and state regulators.

Opponents of the Permian Highway Pipeline filed an April 22 lawsuit over the natural gas project’s route. Lawyers for Kinder assert that the Texas Constitution and state law uphold the company’s rights.

“The lawsuit is a prime example of why eminent domain exists – to allow important infrastructure projects that provide significant public benefits,” Kinder Morgan said in a statement.

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