Permian Highway Pipeline Overview
The Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline is currently planned to come through the Hill Country and will directly impact 82 properties in Hays County. Along its route, the pipeline will cross rivers, creeks, karst aquifer recharge zones and critical habitat and come into very close proximity of some of our beloved springs, such as Jacob’s Well.
The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has been following the progress of this pipeline, and has been actively working with landowners, scientists, experts and legal counsel to determine the best course of action to reroute the pipeline out of the Hill Country. Our dedication is to the landowners, watersheds, land, wildlife, and to the the Texas Hill Country. As such, we have concerns about the impacts that this pipeline will bring to our region. We believe the unique karst topography and artesian spring fed ecosystems of the Hill Country are far too fragile for such an intrusive project. We are concerned about potential damage to landowner’s property rights and values, our local economy, county infrastructure, water quality and wildlife habitat.
The Hill Country is a great place for many things: recreation, swimming, fishing, touring, hiking, agriculture and ranching , but we do not believe that it is the best choice for a pipeline. Especially not one that will be transporting 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily and potentially crude oil and gasoline in the future.
Threats to the Texas Hill Country
– The pipeline is coming through primarily karst aquifer systems with numerous and highly sensitive sink holes, caves, and fault lines. The construction of the pipeline could cause irreparable damage to these features and the massive disturbance during the construction phases will alter hundreds of streams, creeks, and springs in a way we have no way of fully knowing long term. Decreased flow rates, altered water routes in the aquifer, and increased silt and sediment are highly likely. The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) and the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) are both looking into some of the immediate impacts on our aquifer.
– Jacob’s Well, Cypress Creek, Blanco River, Pedernales River, Onion Creek, Plum Creek, Barton Springs, and the San Marcos Springs are just a few of the waterways that could be impacted by the construction and operation of the pipeline.
– In order to build this pipeline, crews will need to clear cut a 125-foot wide (ROW) right of way path that will cause a significant loss of oak trees and existing habitats. This immense clearing has the potential to spread oak wilt across a large portion of the Hill Country.
– Compressor and valving stations will add significant noise and light pollution to the immediate and surrounding properties. While we don’t have a lot of information on where these stations will be located or how often they will be used, we do know that their noise levels can equal that of a jet engine and can be heard for a 2 mile radius.
– This current route goes right through areas of known endangered species habitat, like the Golden-cheek Warbler. Additionally, the impacts to the aquifer from trenching, construction, maintenance, and ongoing operations of the pipeline could impact the endangered and rare salamanders in the Blanco River, San Marcos Springs, and Barton Springs.
Click Here for an Interactive Map of the Pipeline.
Call to Action
– If you are an affected landowner, we urge you to seek legal counsel.Kinder Morgan does have the power of eminent domain, and they will use that power to put their pipeline in place. You do not need to accept their initial offers, and you can negotiate your contract with them if they are successful in placing the pipeline on the proposed route.
– Educate yourself, talk to your neighbors, reach out to the WVWA or to the Texas Real Estate Advocacy & Defense (TREAD) Coalition (firstname.lastname@example.org) about being involved in future meetings.
– Come ask questions and share your concerns at upcoming community meetings.
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Gillespie Co. Farm Bureau
237 Equestrian Dr., Fredericksburg
5:30PM – 8:30PM
Hosted by: Gillespie County Agent, Farm Bureau, Texas Cattle Raisers
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Old Blanco County Courthouse
300 Main St., Blanco
6PM – 8PM
Hosted by: Kinder Morgan
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
Gillespie Co. Fairgrounds (Exhibition Hall)
530 Fair Drive, Fredericksburg
6PM – 8PM
Hosted by: Kinder Morgan