Montgomery County, the Bayou Land Conservancy and Blackfin Pipeline have agreed to construct the pipeline in a way that will not impact Lake Creek Preserve, a 64-acre nature preserve, according to a Nov. 30 news release.

In a nutshell

Blackfin has agreed that the portion of the natural gas pipeline that crosses Lake Creek Preserve will be installed through an underground boring process, which “should eliminate any impacts to the surface and not create a permanent, above ground, pipeline easement,” according to the news release.

Blackfin Pipeline is a 193-mile pipeline that is designed to transport up to 3.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from Colorado County to Jasper County, according to its website. Construction on the pipeline is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2024 and be completed by the second quarter of 2025.

What else?

Montgomery County owns Lake Creek Preserve, and the Bayou Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement, which ensures its preservation, according to the news release. The preserve is home to 41 different native tree species.

What they’re saying

  • “As we work towards safely constructing the Blackfin Pipeline, we are committed to partnering with local communities and stakeholders. The agreement with Montgomery County and the Bayou Land Conservancy as it relates to the less than a quarter of a mile of land the project will cross on the Lake Creek Preserve is just one of many examples of our commitment to being a good neighbor and demonstration of our care and concern for the environment,” Blackfin Pipeline spokesperson Cody McGregor said.
  • “Lake Creek Preserve is a unique section off Fish Creek Thoroughfare that is open to the public and explored by many who wish to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat as well as the beauty of the trees and trails. It is important to protect the area. The Blackfin team listened and responded to the concerns from the community,” Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said.
  • “Lake Creek isn’t a large preserve, but it’s truly a gem with amazing natural diversity and beautiful views of the creek. We’re grateful for the support of Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley and to the team at Blackfin for really listening to our concerns and agreeing to eliminate surface impacts to a very special place in our community,” said Jill Boullion, Bayou Land Conservancy executive director.

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