State lawmakers look to protect landowners against proposed pipeline project

  • April 9, 2019
  • News

KYLE, Texas — A multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline project could change the landscape of Central Texas, but some state lawmakers are doing what they can to make sure landowners in their district are protected.

Bill Johnson of Kyle grew up on the 3,800-acre Halifax Ranch.

“It’s been in the family since the 1930s,” said Johnson.

Johnson worries a proposed natural gas pipeline project is threatening his home and his livelihood.

“They’ll be clear-cutting a broad swath through this area, 125 feet wide for the construction easement for their pipeline,” said Johnson.

If project operator Kinder Morgan gets its way, the Permian Highway Pipeline will run 430 miles from Waha, Texas, to the Gulf Coast, and right through a three-mile portion of Johnson’s property.

State Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, has filed bills in hopes of better protecting landowners. The first would allot bond money to make sure property is restored to its original state after pipeline construction is complete.

Read more from Kathryn Gisi with Spectrum News here.