Letters to the editor

RE: Kinder Morgan pipeline

Please consider the following before writing more about the Kinder Morgan 42” pipeline to be built between West Texas and the Houston, Texas area, designed to transport approximately two billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Currently these two billion cubic feet of gas are being flared (burned) to the atmosphere daily. This quantity of natural gas could, instead, be transported to a market and generate 7.5% of its market value as a severance tax paid to the State of Texas. Doing the math, at the current value of $2.85 per one thousand cubic feet, these two billion cubic fee would generate $427,500 per day for the State. And carried forward, that translates to $154,755,000 per year.

If you are concerned about Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, taking gas to market where it can be converted to tangible goods, would further reduce the impact.

If the problem of eminent domain is a great concern, then how were highways (Interstate systems) built? How are electric power transmission lines going to be constructed?

Three existing intrastate gas/liquid hydrocarbon pipelines exist across Hays County. These transport systems greatly reduce, if not almost eliminate, the dangers of surface transport.

The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline may be a “tough sell” but it is the only reasonable, safe means to get this valuable natural resource to market.

Time is of the essence to prevent further waste and begin serving the greater public interest.

Thank you.
Dwight Cassell
Dripping Springs area




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San Marcos, TX

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