Kinder Morgan wants to build a massive 42-inch pipeline through the Texas Hill Country.

If Kinder Morgan gets its way, this pipeline will cut through porous karst limestone and put critical Texas water supplies, including the Edwards and Trinity aquifers and spring-fed rivers and creeks, at risk.  When the pipeline leaks, and it will leak, the drinking water for over 2-million Texans will be polluted.

We have just one thing to say to Kinder Morgan: Move the Pipeline – Save the Water.


 

Here Are The Facts

Kinder Morgan has other options.  They can move the route of the PHP. Texas doesn’t have other options when it comes to their drinking water.

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About Our Coalition

Move The Pipeline — Save The Water (MTPSTW) is a coalition backed by organizations and individuals who share a common belief: Kinder Morgan’s current route for the Permian Highway Pipeline is bad for Texas because it threatens the drinking water for millions of Texans. 

MTPSTW has come together because Kinder Morgan can and should do better! The lives of everyday Texans depend on it.

MTPSTW Supporters

CITIZENS ALLIANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT (CARD) 

CLEAN WATER ACTION

GREATER EDWARDS AQUIFER ALLIANCE

SAVE BARTON CREEK ASSOCIATION

SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE

THE TRINITY EDWARDS SPRINGS PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (TESPA)

TRAVIS AUDUBON SOCIETY

WIMBERLEY VALLEY WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

 
 

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In The News

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Organic Farm in West Virginia Is Imperiled by Gas Pipeline Construction

Truthout, July 22, 2019

In the four years since finding stakes mysteriously implanted in the ground of their newly acquired farm, Neal LaFerriere and his family have worked as best they could with pipeline company representatives to preserve the integrity of their organic farm. Having no choice but to sign an easement to allow the gas pipeline to go through their land, LaFerriere and his wife Beth have tried to hold the company to the management plan it filed with a federal agency. “We have always been willing to sit down at the table and meet with them to try to work out the issues,” LaFerriere said.

But even before clearing for construction started on the right-of-way last Monday, the effects the company’s actions on the family’s business have been catastrophic, he said, threatening the farm’s organic certification and bringing such financial hardship that their ownership of the farm is in jeopardy. And, already this past week, a clumsy accident involving heavy machinery has resulted in a spill of contaminating fluids on the organic farm.

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Travis County joins the growing opposition to a major underground natural gas pipeline

KLBJ News, July 3, 2019

There's still plenty of concern about construction of Kinder Morgan's natural gas pipeline, which will run through Central Texas.  Even though the pipeline won't cross Travis County, Commissioner Brigid Shea said property owners could be at risk of imminent domain in the future.

Judge Sarah Eckhardt said there are not enough regulations that could prevent negative impacts to those land owners

 Travis County, Hays County, and the City of Austin have all joined in opposition to the pipeline's construction.

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Permian Highway Pipeline poses imminent threat

San Antonio Express-News, June 16, 2019

Known worldwide for its rustic hills, wildflower-filled valleys and sparkling rivers and creeks, the Hill Country is now being threatened by a pipeline that will carry gas from West Texas. Kinder Morgan’s 430-mile-long Permian Highway Pipeline will cut through the heart of Texas, impacting the region’s waterways and wildlife.

Besides being renowned for its peaches, wineries, ranches and nature tourism, the Hill Country is the only breeding ground on Earth for the golden-cheeked warbler. This small endangered songbird migrates from Central America to Texas each year to breed among the area’s old growth oak-juniper forests. The bark of mature ashe juniper trees (known as cedar), is the key material for the bird’s nest-building. The pipeline will cause habitat destruction and affect other endangered or threatened species, including salamanders, spiders and Texas wild rice, all endemic.

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Opinion: Through grandmother’s house it goes – Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, that is.

Austin American-Statesman, May 20, 2019

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan would very much like to route a pipeline over the aquifer and through the woods, grandmother’s house be damned. Or condemned, as the case may be.

We are talking about KM’s planned Permian Highway Pipeline, a 430-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline planned to run through the heart of the Texas Hill Country and over the extraordinarily sensitive Trinity and Edwards Aquifers, the water supply for millions of Texans, including residents of San Antonio. The Trinity Edwards is not just any old, run-of-the-mill aquifer. It’s a karst aquifer. Spill some natural gas liquids or condensate full of benzene or toluene into it and we’ll never get the poison out.

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Kinder Morgan continues cleanup of December gasoline spill near Berino.

Las Cruces Sun News, May 14, 2019

Five months after a Kinder Morgan pipeline spilled nearly 300,000 gallons of gasoline in a rural area southwest of Berino, New Mexico, the company is still cleaning up the mess.

Three families in the immediate area of the spill had to be evacuated, and Kinder Morgan purchased the three properties and was seeking permits to demolish at least two of them. The property, amounting to over an acre, will be held by the company during remediation and long-term groundwater testing, he said. 

Justin Ball, acting manager of remediation oversight for the NMED, said Kinder Morgan had received two notices of deficiency for its remediation plan. Ball said the department also issued Kinder Morgan a notice of violation on April 26.

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Op-ed: The Hill Country is not the place for a pipeline. 

Corridor News, April 12, 2019

The Hill Country is a unique and precious place that is known for its incredible open spaces, clean water, and dark skies. Unfortunately, these precious natural resources are threatened now, more than ever, with numerous and destructive development projects including the proposed Permian Highway pipeline.

A similar 42-inch pipeline was put into another pristine area of Texas treasured for its unique natural beauty and diverse ecology. Working as a volunteer advocate for the people and places of the Greater Big Bend region, I witnessed firsthand how a project like this could go in with little to no public input, and how the power of eminent domain could be used by a private entity to condemn the land of private property owners who help to provide the open spaces cherished by visitors to the Trans-Pecos.

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Pipeline project running through Hill Country raises concern.

KXAN, Nov. 20, 2018

A $2 billion pipeline project has landowners in the Hill Country concerned about their property. The project is backed by Kinder Morgan and EagleClaw Midstream Ventures. The pipeline will cut through multiple counties near Austin including, Hays, Blanco, Gillespie, and Caldwell. Many landowners in those counties have already been contacted by the gas company and warned about the potential project.

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Texans Are Saying No To The Hill Country Pipeline

More than 100 Central Texas business owners and a growing list of government entities agree that Kinder Morgan is just plain wrong for routing the Permian Highway Pipeline through the Hill Country’s vulnerable water sources and limestone karst topography.

 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Permian Highway Pipeline?

If Kinder Morgan gets its way, the company’s giant 42-inch pipeline will send 2.1 billion cubic feet of fracked gas, or other petroleum products, every day down a 240-mile-long path that goes right through the Texas Hill Country. It will cut through vulnerable watersheds and aquifers that supply drinking water for more than 2 million Texans.  At 42 inches, the PHP is about as close to the size of the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline as any other pipeline being built today.

 

 

Who is Kinder Morgan?

Kinder Morgan is one of the largest North American companies that builds pipelines and sells entrance to them to other energy and oil and gas companies.  KM’s business model is akin to a public utility, the only difference being that Kinder Morgan gets to reap all of the profits while building on public and private land.

KM’s President Richard Kinder likes to pay lip-service to sustainability but stops short of conducting his pipeline business in a way that ensures the safety and protection of water supplies and other environmental concerns. 

KM is a company that has a long history of environmental and employment violations and catastrophes.

 

 

Why is Kinder Morgan routing it to go through the Hill Country?

That’s a question that state and local officials and everyday Texans have asked Kinder Morgan, to no avail.  On the record, Kinder Morgan says they’re building the PHP in the Hill Country because it’s their only option, or that it’s the best option.  Truth is, better options exist.  Kinder Morgan is just routing the PHP through the Hill Country because . . . THEY CAN.

 

 

Why is the PHP a bad idea?

It’s called a highway for a reason.  The PHP will likely be just the first of many other pipelines being forced into a region of the state that — until now — has been protected.  The PHP is a bad idea because it threatens the drinking water and health of millions of Texans. 

 

 

Why all the talk about karst?

Unlike in other parts of Texas, in the Hill Country there’s no topsoil buffer.  So, whatever goes into that karst limestone — like natural gas or condensate — will be impossible to get back out. Karst is like the swiss cheese of topography. It’s like a “limestone sponge.”

Because Kinder Morgan pipelines leak . . . and explode, when that Permian Highway Pipeline leaks, it will go right into the water supply of over 2-million people. Then, our water will be contaminated . . . for a very long time.

 

 

Has an impact study been conducted?

No.  The Texas Rail Road Commission oversees oil and gas pipelines but does nothing to regulate routing or the environmental impact. 

 

 

What will the PHP transport?

At first, Kinder Morgan says the Permian Highway Pipeline will transport natural gas.  Then, who knows?  Kinder Morgan pretends it’d be really hard to switch to transporting, say, crude oil or tar sands, but that’s not true.  The list of pipelines that switch what they transport is well documented.  With the PHP, it’s not a matter of if, but when.  And when KM switches to crude oil or other hydrocarbons, the chance that Texas’ drinking water will be polluted goes up exponentially.

 

 

Aren’t natural gas pipelines safe?

Accidents happen.  Pipelines leak.  No matter what Kinder Morgan says.  Even natural gas pipelines carry insidious carcinogens.  And carrying carcinogenic material and pollutants through irreplaceable watersheds and aquifers is dangerous.  In the worst-case scenario, pipeline explosions — which do happen — take the lives of anyone in the blast zone.

 

 

What happens if it leaks or spills?

Because Kinder Morgan’s PHP will be situated in the porous, swiss cheese-like karst limestone, any natural gas (or oil!) spill or leak will be irreversible.  Kinder Morgan won’t be able to do a thing to clean it up.  Given the carcinogens that natural gas condensate and liquids carry, the harm to Texas’ drinking water will be irreparable.  Kinder Morgan will have their pipeline, but Texas won’t have access to one of its most important natural resources.

 

 

Will the PHP bring jobs and other economic benefits to Texas?

Like the best kind of snake oil salesman, Kinder Morgan’s hired economists are promising all sorts of prosperity and jobs thanks to the PHP.  We know how trustworthy commissioned impact papers are.  We also know the high cost of threatening the drinking water for millions of Texans.  Question is: Does Kinder Morgan and its investors know how great the cost will be?

 

 

Is this a red or a blue issue?

No.  Texans on every side of the political spectrum, including county and city governments, oppose the Permian Highway Pipeline’s current route.  Kinder Morgan can and should do better and move the pipeline out of the karst Texas Hill Country Region.

 

 

What is the MTPSTW coalition?

Move The Pipeline – Save The Water is a broad-based coalition of Texans who believe that Kinder Morgan has other options when it comes to the route of the PHP.  The campaign is backed by water protection groups, citizens and community organizations who want to ensure the safe drinking water for 2 million Texans.  MTPSTW does not receive any funding from big corporations.

 


 

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