Railroad Commission, Kinder Morgan sued over route of Permian Highway Pipeline

Hays County, the City of Kyle and a coalition of Texas Hill Country landowners have filed a lawsuit to fight the route of Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline and how the state agency in charge of regulating the oil and natural gas industry applies eminent domain laws.

During a Monday morning press conference at Kyle City Hall, Mayor Travis Mitchell said the Austin suburb joined a coalition of landowners suing the Railroad Commission of Texas, five members of the agency’s leadership, Kinder Morgan and a subsidiary overseeing the natural gas pipeline.

In a 19-page lawsuit filed in state district court in Travis County, opponents are asking a judge for an injunction to prevent construction of the 42-inch pipeline, which was designed to move 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Katy Hub near Houston.

Read more from Sergio Chapa with Houston Chronicle here.