Travis County District Court has dismissed all claims made against Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline project.
The project is a $2 billion project that will help provide the infrastructure needed to allow further development of the Permian Basin in West Texas by providing an outlet for increased Permian natural gas production to growing market areas along the Texas Gulf Coast and Hill Country area.
The district court ruled that the Texas Railroad Commission is not required to set standards for routing the pipelines or private land-takings. The decision removes a challenge to the state’s licensing process that lets gas pipeline companies determine their own route and acquire land without a landowner’s consent.
Kinder Morgan says that the route has been carefully evaluated to minimise potential impacts to the environment and landowners, while also being cost-effective and constructible.
Tom Martin, president of natural gas pipelines for KMI, says: ‘Kinder Morgan is very pleased with the ruling made by the Travis County District Court. The court’s finding validates the process established in Texas for the development of natural gas utility projects, as well as the steps we have taken to comply with that process. We will continue to engage all stakeholders as we work to complete PHP.’
Once complete the pipeline project will transport up to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of dry natural gas through 430 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the Waha, Texas area to the Katy, Texas area, Texas Gulf Coast markets and Hill Country area.