Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline Information
(This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Check back, and follow Hays County on Facebook and/or Twitter for announcements)
(Update March 13, 2019) If you are planning to attend the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District meeting Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. in which Kinder Morgan representatives will give a presentation on the Permian Highway pipeline, note that the meeting will be held at the "New" Fire/Rescue Station 501, 665 W. Manchaca Road, east of the railroad tracks in Manchaca -- NOT the old Fire Station across from McCoy's Building Supply.
(Update: March 11, 2019) Some common themes from meetings hosted by Hays County:
You have the right to an appraisal of your property; you are not obligated to take the first offer for your property (which is traditionally a low offer); and you should negotiate to be compensated for any future damage to your property along with the price and terms of easement. It is highly recommended that you hire an attorney knowledgeable in real estate and eminent domain law to assist you in making sure your rights are protected.
Consider joining/supporting Texas Real Estate Advocacy and Defense Coalition (TREAD), a bi-partisan group that advocates and defends landowner rights. TREAD is offering information and assistance. For more information or to join visit www.treadcoalition.org.
The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, www.wimberleywatershed.org, has additional information and is working hard to re-route the pipeline, and can use support from citizens.
If you feel you are being pressured by anyone to sell your land or sign an easement, contact Dist. 45 Rep. Erin Zwiener, https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=45. She is tracking issues with the process to support legislation she has filed. Rep. Zwiener has filed several bills regarding eminent domain and pipeline operations and suggests contacting state senators to let them know how you feel: District 21 Senator Judith Zaffirini, https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=21, and District 25 Senator Donna Campbell,https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=25.
Related bills filed by Rep. Zwiener (more information is available on her House webpage):
HB 1044 Relating to permits for certain injection wells that transect a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
HB 2277 Relating to requiring an environmental assessment prior to beginning pipeline construction.
HB 3324 Relating to groundwater impact contingency planning by pipeline operators.
HB 3326 Relating to the authority of a municipality to require that an intrastate pipeline be buried to a certain depth.
HB 3327 Relating to the acquisition of real property for a proposed oil and gas pipeline through eminent domain by a common carrier.
HB 4060 Relating to a program administered by the Railroad Commission of Texas to provide grants to promote pipeline emergency preparedness; authorizing a fee.
HB 4423 Relating to surface remediation and the restoration of land disturbed by the installation of a pipeline.
HB 4573 Relating to best management practices for landowners regarding the exercise of power of eminent domain for landowners.
(Updates: March 4-7, 2019
March 6 Meeting Agenda
Project Overview and Landowner Rights by Hays County General Counsel Mark Kennedy
Facing Issues and Call to Action by Hays County Landowner Lucy Johnson
Karst Features and Concerns by Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
(Update Jan. 31, 2019)
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. Kinder Morgan is said to be acquiring 50-foot easements from landowners along the route as well as additional temporary construction easements to be used during construction of the pipeline. The exact route of the pipeline has not been shared by Kinder Morgan as of January 30, 2019. Link to interactive map of potential route courtesy of Braun & Gresham, PLLC (takes you to Braun & Gresham website). Kinder Morgan has Permian Highway pipeline information on its website as well..
Compiled List of Concerns from Meeting Attendees
Comment Cards Submitted by Meeting Attendees (with phones and emails redacted)
January 29, 2019 Meeting Agenda. Please note that Hays County produced only the materials presented by General Counsel Mark Kennedy and Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell, and is not responsible for content in any of the other presentations.
Available Agenda Presentations
Project Overview (Mark Kennedy)
Impact to Private Property Owners (Lucy Johnson)
Groundwater Studies (Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District)
Cypress Creek Watershed & Jacob’s Well (Wimberley Valley Watershed Association)