Will the Wimberley Valley become a sacrifice zone for the Kinder Morgan pipeline?

A sacrifice zone is a geographic area that has been permanently impaired by environmental damage. David Baker, our first responder for environmental assaults, believes this pipeline is the most dangerous threat the Hill Country has ever experienced.  The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has identified key risks:

The pipeline would run within a mile of Jacobs Well, crossing the Blanco River twice.   

The pipeline could impact flows at Jacob’s Well, Cypress Creek, the Blanco River, Barton Springs, and the San Marcos Springs. Any spill atop the karst systems would be impossible to clean up. This pipeline could, in one fell swoop, contaminate nearly 2 million people’s water.

Hundreds of acres of trees and vegetation would be cleared, forever scaring the land and altering habitats of wildlife and endangered species, while risking the spread of Oak Wilt.

The pipeline would initially transport natural gas.  But after ten years could contain crude oil or chemicals.

Property values would diminish along with opportunities for development.

Noise and light pollution from compressor stations would degrade our quality of life.

Imagine the Wimberley Valley without Jacob’s Well, Cypress Creek, the Blanco River or precious trees, wildlife and dark skies.  How would we ever explain what happened to future generations?

No negotiation with Kinder Morgan could sufficiently protect our water, environment or people from this extraordinary threat.  Would anyone want to visit the Hill Country with views scarred by a 150 foot clear cut pathway, the loud droning of compressor stations, or the potential for explosions and contamination of our water source?

Don’t let the Wimberley Valley become a sacrifice zone. Let us be the people who convince Kinder Morgan that pursuing this route is too risky in terms of cost and public relations. Let us be so creative in putting precious art and organic co-ops in its path that they cannot proceed.  Let us spread the word so widely that people from across the world join our efforts.  Let us be known for saving our pristine environment. Get involved!

Stephanie Nestlerode

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