The Permian Highway Pipeline and the battle for Texas' future
|Branch Out||Oct 28, 2019|
The Permian Highway Pipeline is slated to run 430 miles through Texas, but a coalition of environmental organizations, local governments and private landowners are standing in the way to protect their land, water and future.
This pipeline should be stopped. Here are the top 5 things that are wrong with it, and ways you can take action.
The pipeline company, Kinder Morgan, is using eminent domain to take land to build the pipeline, often against the will of the rightful landowners.
The proposed route goes through the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and experts worry it could potentially pollute drinking water in addition to swimming sites like Jacob’s Well and Barton Springs.
If completed, the project will empower gas producers in the Permian Basin to ramp up drilling, which will exacerbate climate change at a time when we need to stop fossil fuel extraction.
Kinder Morgan’s pipelines have a history of significant accidents, and this route goes through heavily populated areas, so the impact of an accident would be devastating.
The route cuts through the habitat for the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler, and Kinder Morgan has not conducted an Environmental Impact Statement.
Read and share our article that takes a deep dive into the Permian Highway Pipeline: http://branchoutnow.org/permian-highway-pipeline-story/
The pipeline still needs permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. You can email or call Adam Zerrenner at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Austin and urge him not to issue these permits.
(512) 490-0057, extension 248
You can also ask to speak to Stephen Brooks at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, or leave a comment with anyone who will listen in their permitting office.