Feb. 2020 Plaintiffs’ Original Complaint… All Rights Reserved. Feb. 2020 Plaintiffs’ Original Complaint… Opponents of the natural gas pipeline have long contended the Hill Country’s unique karst geology, which allows liquids to flow easily into the local aquifer, makes it an unsuitable place to build. Five days a week, we bring you the news. The proposed alignment crosses environmentally sensitive areas. Anticipate more work stoppages along the route of the Kinder Morgan pipeline through Hays County. “Ensuring the endangered aquatic species of the aquifer continue to thrive ensures the water resource will remain viable for the people that depend on it,” said Board Vice President Craig Smith. Kinder Morgan is said to be … Staff have compiled data in the form of maps to examine how the proposed alignment relates to the hydrogeology of the District. It was in Blanco County that contractors on the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) hit a karst feature on March 28 while attempting a horizontal bore under the Blanco River. A portion of the proposed Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline, which will transport natural gas from west Texas to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets, is routed through parts of northern Hays County and the City of Kyle. Hays County Commissioner Walt Smith said commissioners pulled the permits to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen there. All rights reserved. BSEACD Board of Directors passes vote to join as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against U.S. discussed. On January 29, 2019, Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell held a public meeting to provide information and to hear concerns from residents about the Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline, a 42-inch natural gas buried line which is planned to run from Coyanosa, Texas to near Houston, across much of the Texas Hill Country including Hays County. The Regulatory Compliance Team is responsible for a wide range of the District’s responsibilities. A Kinder Morgan map of the intended route of the Permian Highway Pipeline through Hays County. The order would be in effect, Shell’s motion said, “until such time Kinder Morgan has complied with the Railroad Commission’s Notice of Violation.” The motion asked for staff “to develop a policy” concerning requiring the company to employ ground-penetrating radar to look for karst features as well as the presence of water wells in the immediate vicinity. The project will add to the 13.5 miles of existing KMTP pipeline in the county. Map from Kinder Morgan dated May of 2019. A crew boring under the Blanco River released drilling fluid into the watershed, which landowners say contaminated their well water. Collecting basic hydrogeologic data and planning and executing projects enhances the understanding of the water resources within the District’s boundaries. Kinder Morgan has proposed a natural gas pipeline that crosses through the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (District) in Hays County. 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The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District was created in 1987 with a directive to conserve, protect, and enhance the groundwater resources in its jurisdictional area. Kinder Morgan's North Texas Pipeline consists of an 82-mile pipeline that transports natural gas from an interconnect with the facilities of the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) in Lamar County, Texas, to a 1,750-megawatt electric generating facility located in Forney, Texas. Kinder Morgan is attempting to avoid the proper steps needed to fully mitigate the impact of pipeline construction and operation to the aquifers and endangered species in the area. Company VP Allen Fore told the Hays … Sign up on the Friends of the District email list and receive: Quarterly newsletters, Aquifer status updates, Drought declarations, Conservation information, and Important news. That resulted in the spillage of thousands of gallons of drilling mud and drilling fluid into the Trinity Aquifer. “The BSEACD is committed to protection of the aquifer, the endangered species that dwell within, and the water resource that provides drinking water for tens of thousands of people within our District. Kinder Morgan has proposed a natural gas pipeline that crosses through the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (District) in Hays County. Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, L.P. owns the Canyon Reef Carriers (CRC) pipeline. It contains Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Wimberley and San Marcos, among other communities. Kinder Morgan 1001 Louisiana St., Suite 1000 Houston, TX 77002 (713) 369-9000 The commissioners court on Tuesday voted to revoke permission for the energy giant to cross any roads in the county. “Until they can figure out what the process is and why it happened and what, specifically, their contractor did, we just want them to pause,” Smith told KUT. One of the most effective ways to conserve, protect, and manage our the groundwater resources is to keep you informed of the science, current conditions, and regulations affecting our District. Kinder Morgan has proposed a natural gas pipeline that crosses through the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (District) in Hays County. Roughly 31.5 miles of the proposed pipeline will go through Hays County, said Allen Fore, vice president of Kinder Morgan. This story was produced as part of the Austin Monitor’s reporting partnership with KUT. The Austin Monitor’s work is made possible by donations from the community. The proposed alignment crosses environmentally sensitive areas. Kinder Morgan is said to be acquiring 50-foot … Hays County karst invertebrate distribution and cave development, http://www.co.hays.tx.us/kinder-morgan-permian-highway-pipeline. Call, email, or stop by the District Headquarters if you have any questions, comments, or feedback for us. You will be kept up-to-date on aquifer news, information, and upcoming events! Please keep in mind that this map is based on educated “best guesses.” Kinder Morgan doesn’t share that information with us. As a nonprofit journalism source, every contributed dollar helps us provide you more coverage. Place a Classified Ad While receiving these responses was much appreciated, the Commission’s responses do not address the concerns as to how sensitive karst aquifers are specifically and proactively to be protected. “Kinder Morgan would know exactly what is going to be asked of them in the future.”. Hays County: Hays County, adjacent southwest to Travis County, has a total area of 680 square miles. Hays County took the action Tuesday after a pipeline accident in neighboring Blanco County. The commissioners court on Tuesday voted to revoke permission for the energy giant to cross any roads in the county. Though our reporting covers donors from time to time, we are careful to keep business and editorial efforts separate while maintaining transparency. The unanimous vote came after a lengthy executive session and the motion was made by Pct. These steps include obtaining a biological opinion from USFWS as well as the preparation of an incidental take permit and the creation of a habitat conservation plan, both of which are called for when any action – direct or indirect – presents a significant threat to a species or its habitat in wetlands under the USACE’s jurisdiction as well as in uplands on private lands. The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District strives to meet a high standard by providing clear, consistent pictures of spending, and by sharing information in user-friendly formats, to promote financial transparency and accountability, not only through financial reports but also through summaries, visualizations, downloadable data, and other relevant information. The CRC pipeline extends 140 miles from McCamey, Texas, to Kinder Morgan CO2's SACROC field. How many roadways the project would have to cross within the county was not The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is committed to conserving, protecting, recharging, and preventing waste of groundwater and preserving all aquifers in the District. 3 Commissioner Lon Shell. Kinder Morgan sued over drilling fluid spill in Blanco County, Central Texas counties echo Travis, issue stay-at-home orders. The pipeline company Kinder Morgan violated the Safe Drinking Water Act when it spilled tens of thousands of gallons of drilling fluid into Blanco County groundwater, according to a new lawsuit from local landowners and groundwater conservation groups.In late March,…, While the city of Austin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the headlines, surrounding counties are also working to keep their communities safe.Alongside the news of its first presumptive coronavirus case, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a state….