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Rep. Zwiener's Pipeline Bill Heard Today  print page

by: Rep. Zwiener, Erin
04/02/2019

Austin, TX — State Representative Erin Zwiener today laid out House Bill 3324, addressing potential pipeline spills. The bill details the need and lays out the protocol for contingency plans in case of leaks and spills from pipelines such as the Kinder Morgan pipeline which, once completed, will run through much of Hays County. HB 3324 ensures that the impact of groundwater is considered during the construction of a pipeline.

“House District 45 has asked the Texas legislature to take action to protect our vulnerable aquifers from contamination from oil and gas pipelines,” Rep. Zwiener said. “This bill goes a long way toward protecting our communities around Texas from potential threats of pollution. In our district, aquifers such as Trinity and Edwards, must be preserved, and without contingency plans for spills, leaks, and other accidents, these aquifers are at risk.”

Kinder Morgan is planning a 430-mile pipeline that would run from West Texas near to the Houston suburb of Katy. The pipeline would cut through the Hill Country and Hays County landscape — the heart of Rep. Zwiener’s House District 45. Local jurisdictions in and near House District 45 that have each passed resolutions against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline include: Hays County, Gillespie County, City of Kyle, City of Buda, City of San Marcos, City of Wimberley, City of Woodcreek, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Hill Country Underground Water District, Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hays CISD.

“The goal of this bill is not to harm the oil and gas industry in Texas,” Rep. Zwiener emphasized. “The goal is to ensure that this industry, just like other industries in Texas, is held to the highest standard of protecting human health.”

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