Business Resolution Opposing the Permian Highway Pipeline!
A RESOLUTION APPROVED BY THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES IN TEXAS OPPOSING THE ROUTING OF THE PROPOSED PERMIAN HIGHWAY PIPELINE THROUGH THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY AND REQUESTING IMMEDIATE ACTION FROM THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEGISLATURE
42" Pipeline Construction in the Nebraska rolling hills.
WHEREAS, Kinder Morgan and Exxon Mobil in partnership with EagleClaw Midstream Ventures (“Private Partnership”) have begun the process of routing a 42-inch buried natural gas pipeline, known as the Permian Highway Pipeline (“PHP”) from Coyanosa, Texas to Sheridan, Texas through the Texas Hill Country and Hays County; and
WHEREAS, the State of Texas has delegated to the Private Partnership the authority to choose the route of the PHP and to take the private land traversed by the PHP using the governmental power of eminent domain; and
WHEREAS, the laws of Texas provide for no oversight or regulatory process to limit this delegation of powers generally reserved for governmental bodies or with oversight of governmental bodies to the Private Partnership, or any opportunity for the landowners and business owners of the impacted properties to participate in the routing process; and
WHEREAS, the PHP will traverse the properties of multiple landowner properties requiring a permanent easement of fifty (50) feet, plus an additional seventy (75) feet of temporary construction easements; and
WHEREAS, the Private Partnership has not performed an Environmental Impact Study evaluating the potential impact to property near or adjacent to the PHP, the karst topography, the communities federally funded watershed protection plans, the Trinity and Edwards; Aquifers, and the surrounding community; and
WHEREAS, the Business Owners Operating in the Hill Country Geographic Region, through which the PHP proposes to traverse have expressed strong concerns and opposition to the presence of the PHP in the Hill Country geographic region due to its negative impacts to the economic interests of small businesses relying on ecological tourism as well as the community's land values, and economy; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE BUSINESS OWNERS OPERATING IN THE HILL COUNTRY GEOGRAPHIC REGION (AS SIGNED BELOW) ; HEREBY ADOPT THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION THAT:
Section 1. Findings of Fact. The above and foregoing recitals are hereby found to be true and
correct and are incorporated herein as findings of fact.
Section 2. Opposition. The Business Owners Operating in the Hill Country Geographic Region (as signed below) oppose the PHP on behalf of their own interests and of the interests of any and all business owners operating in the Hill Country who are dependent upon the region’s natural and economic resources and who would be adversely affected by construction of the PHP, the property damages the PHP will cause to our region and of the potential harm the PHP poses to its natural and economic resources.
Section 3. Call to Action. The Business Owners Operating in the Hill Country Geographic Region request immediate action by all members of both houses of the Texas Legislature to protect landowners, landowner’s property rights, local businesses economic interests and communities from the negative impact of the Permian Highway Pipeline and other potential oil and/or gas pipelines by:
1. Requiring Kinder Morgan to move the Permian Highway Pipeline Route out of the Hill Country.
2. Creating a regulatory process for oil and gas pipeline routing that enables impacted
landowners and communities to have a voice in the approval process.
3. Requiring Environmental and Economic Impact Studies for all intra-state oil and/or gas
4. Rescinding the unlimited power of eminent domain granted to private companies.
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