Hays County commissioners authorize defense agreement with intent to join or file a suit against Kinder Morgan

Hays County Commissioners Court meets at the courthouse in downtown San Marcos.

Hays County Commissioners Court meets at the courthouse in downtown San Marcos.

Hays County Commissioners Court on March 26 unanimously authorized the county’s general counsel to execute a joint defense agreement related to Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline project with the intent of joining or filing suit against the company.

The vote, which was taken following executive session, comes after commissioners joined a mounting regional movement of opposition against the Permian Highway Pipeline’s proposed route. Hays County, San Marcos and Kyle are among a growing number of local governments in the Hill Country that have passed resolutions declaring opposition to the pipeline's proposed route. Additionally, the resolutions requested that legislators create thorough regulatory processes for oil and gas pipeline projects that would give landowners and local governments a voice in the routing process and create more checks and balances on the use of eminent domain by private companies.

Buda City Council will consider whether or not to oppose the Permian Highway Pipeline at its March 26 meeting.

 

 

 
By Anna Herod
Anna Herod covers local government, education, business and the environment as the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. In the past, Anna served as the reporter for Community Impact's San Marcos/Buda/Kyle paper. Her bylines have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Hays Free Press and The Burleson Star. She is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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