An order by a federal judge will allow Kinder Morgan to proceed with its construction plans of the Hill Country portion of its Permian Highway Pipeline.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas issued the order on Feb. 14, which denied a temporary restraining order (TRO) filed by several Hill Country property owners in hopes of preventing the pipeline to be built on their properties.
The City of San Marcos, Travis County, the City of Austin, the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and interested landowners all joined the contemplated suit, which named the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineersand Kinder Morgan and its affiliates as violating the Endangered Species Act.
The lawsuit stated that Kinder Morgan constructing its pipeline in the Hill Country would impact the golden-cheeked warbler population, an endangered species.