Houston company halts plans for crude oil pipeline across aquifer recharge zone

Plans to build a controversial proposed crude oil pipeline over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone have been canceled, Texas Hill Country landowners and a Houston pipeline company told the Rivard Report on Thursday.

Rick Rainey, vice president of public relations for Houston-based Enterprise Product Partners, confirmed the pipeline would not cross over the aquifer recharge zone. The company plans to release additional information about the pipeline on Friday, including where it might move.

The decision comes after landowners met with Enterprise on Thursday morning to discuss concerns about the pipeline traversing San Antonio’s water supply. Enterprise considered building a 30-inch-in-diameter crude oil pipeline extending from North Texas to just south of San Antonio.

An Enterprise PowerPoint presentation from Sept. 2019 showed the pipeline route extending from Midland County to Wilson County then crossing Upton, Reagan, Crockett, Schleicher, Sutton, Edwards, Real, Kerr, Bandera, Uvalde, Medina, Frio, and Atascosa counties. This route would place the pipeline directly over the Edwards Aquifer, the main drinking water supply for 2 million people in the San Antonio region.

The Rivard Report first reported on the proposed pipeline route after landowners brought the issue to light.

Read more from Jackie Wang with the Rivard Report here.