Pipeline company says rerouting around Gillespie not an option

Kinder Morgan, the pipeline company looking to cross Gillespie County and the Hill Country, will host a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
The open house will have land maps, along with the company’s engineers, construction management team and environmental specialists, according to Kinder Morgan Vice President Allen Fore. The company plans to install a 42-inch, natural gas pipeline 430 miles from the oilfields near Midland across the state to just northwest of Houston (Katy).
“We have made all contacts with landowners who will be affected,” Fore said. “If people have not heard from us, they are not on the proposed route unless some final adjustments will be made to the pipeline route.”
Fore said the company will begin the surveying process once landowner negotiations are done and land acquisition begins.
“The schedule is still on for a fall construction start,” Fore said. He added that presentations to the Fredericksburg City Council and Gillespie County Commissioners would be done in coming weeks.
Fore said reception to the project has been mixed.

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