Opinion: In Permian Highway Pipeline fight, property rights are the answer

Opinion: In Permian Highway Pipeline fight, property rights are the answer

There are few things Texans value more than property rights and few things closer to our collective imagination than iconic Texas landscapes and the wildlife that fills them. An ongoing battle over a pipeline in the scenic Hill Countrythreatens both – and represents a chance to bring together some odd bedfellows to fix it. When pipeline operator Kinder Morgan announced plans to build a pipeline through the Hill Country, environmentalists, local officials, and property owners were concerned. They sued to…

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Sierra Club lawsuit challenges construction of Permian Highway fracked gas pipeline

Sierra Club lawsuit challenges construction of Permian Highway fracked gas pipeline

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permitting the ongoing construction of the 428-mile Permian Highway fracked gas pipeline, despite a federal court order vacating the nationwide permit on which the pipeline’s 449 water crossings are based, and for not performing the environmental review required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Permian Highway Pipeline would carry fracked gas across Texas from the Permian Basin, through the Texas Hill Country, to…

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KXAN investigation uncovers safety concerns over pipes used in Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline

KXAN investigation uncovers safety concerns over pipes used in Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline

A tip led us to a storage yard holding hundreds of pipeline segments in Blanco. The segments will become the Permian Highway Pipeline. The group fighting the pipeline is concerned the anti-corrosion coating on the pipes has been outside, uncovered for far too long. Kinder Morgan — the pipeline owner — tells KXAN its handling of the pipeline construction will “meet or exceed state and federal requirements.” Our investigation found there are no regulations to determine how long is too…

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Permission revoked by County for pipeline to cross under roadways

Permission revoked by County for pipeline to cross under roadways

The commissioners court on Tuesday voted to revoke permission for the energy giant to cross any roads in the county. The unanimous vote came after a lengthy executive session and the motion was made by Pct. 3 Commissioner Lon Shell. It was in Shell’s precinct that contractors on the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) hit a karst feature on March 28 while attempting a horizontal bore under the Blanco River. That resulted in the spillage of thousands of gallons of drilling…

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TESPA issues notice of intent to sue Permian Highway Pipeline for contamination of an underground source of drinking water

TESPA issues notice of intent to sue Permian Highway Pipeline for contamination of an underground source of drinking water

Press Release: Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association & Wimberley Valley Watershed Association – For Immediate Release: April 8, 2020 Attorneys acting on behalf of the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) today issued a notice of intent to sue the Permian Highway Pipeline LLC (PHP) and its managing partner, Kinder Morgan, for contamination of an underground source of drinking water as a result of PHP construction operations in Blanco County on March 28, 2020. Of primary concern, and contrary to…

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Well water tests underway after pipeline crew hits Karst feature

Well water tests underway after pipeline crew hits Karst feature

Discolored water from wells near the Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline is causing distress. Test results on the water, taken where the pipeline is about to cross the Blanco River, are expected soon from a Lower Colorado River Authority laboratory. Once the results are received, David Baker of the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and others opposed to the pipeline’s route through the fragile Texas Hill Country will have a better idea of what their next steps should be. Read more…

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Environmental group calls for ‘thorough investigation’ as residents report contaminated water near pipeline construction

Environmental group calls for ‘thorough investigation’ as residents report contaminated water near pipeline construction

The Sierra Club has called for a “thorough investigation” after residents in Blanco County reported brown tap water on Wednesday they believe came from a leak at the Permian Highway Pipeline construction site. On Wednesday afternoon, KVUE received reports Blanco County residents’ tap water had turned brown in the area of Chimney Valley Road near Highway 165. Read more from Jeff Bell, Britny Eubank, and Luis de Leon with KVUE here. 

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Pipeline construction halted while ‘fluid loss’ incident investigated

Pipeline construction halted while ‘fluid loss’ incident investigated

Residents in Blanco County a mile or so upstream of where the Kinder Morgans Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) crossed the Blanco River are reporting brown tap water coming from their wells. One of them, who lives off FM 165 about a mile from the Chimney Valley Road turnoff in Blanco posted on Facebook that her tap water had turned brown. The post had a photo of the water, which also appeared foamy. Read more from Anita Miller with Hays Free…

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WVWA’s response to Judge Pittman’s ruling on the PHP

WVWA’s response to Judge Pittman’s ruling on the PHP

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has been a part of the fight against the Permian Highway Pipeline since we first heard about the project in October of 2018 (www.SaveTheHillCountry.org). We have been working to rally our communities across the Hill Country and disseminate scientific reports and concerns about the many threats that the Permian Highway Pipeline will pose to our ecologically sensitive region. WVWA is disappointed by Judge Pitman’s ruling to deny the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and does not…

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Hill Country pipeline opponents dealt setback

Hill Country pipeline opponents dealt setback

Opponents of a controversial natural gas pipeline through the picturesque Texas Hill Country lost a legal battle but vow to continue their fight against Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan. A U.S. district court judge in Austin on Friday rejected a request for a temporary restraining order that would have halted the $2 billion natural gas Permian Highway Pipeline. The pipeline is being built through the habitat of the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered songbird, and over parts of the Edwards Aquifer,…

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