Houston News : Willie Nelson and Paul Simon rail against controversial Texas pipeline

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Recording artists Paul Simon and Willie Nelson attend the Children’s Health Fund benefit at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on May 27, 2009 in New York City.

Recording artists Paul Simon and Willie Nelson attend the Children’s Health Fund benefit at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on May 27, 2009 in New York City.

Photo: Bennett Raglin/WireImage

Photo: Bennett Raglin/WireImage

Recording artists Paul Simon and Willie Nelson attend the Children’s Health Fund benefit at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on May 27, 2009 in New York City.

Recording artists Paul Simon and Willie Nelson attend the Children’s Health Fund benefit at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on May 27, 2009 in New York City.

Photo: Bennett Raglin/WireImage

Willie Nelson and Paul Simon rail against controversial Texas pipeline

Living music legends Willie Nelson and Paul Simon are railing against a new gas pipeline from an energy company that already poisoned water wells in the Texas Hill Country.

The duo – who both live in the Hill Country – penned the letter to the Houston Chronicle urging the public to speak out about Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline, which is currently about 65 percent done. It will span from southwest of Houston to the Waha Oil Field in West Texas.

Much of the opposition comes because of the Hill Country’s series of underground aqueducts and air pockets, known as “karst.” During town hall-style meetings in early 2020, the company pledged that their construction and operation of the $2 billion pipeline would not impact any aquifers, according to the Chronicle.

But despite their best efforts, a Kinder Morgan drilling crew in April pumped 36,000 gallons of drilling fluid into the Trinity Aquifer after they hit one of the air pockets. Then in July, more drilling fluid started sprouting from the ground near Fredricksburg as crews continued the pipeline’s construction.

The April incident affected six fresh water wells used by Hill Country residents, who woke up to find chocolate milk-colored liquid coming out of their faucets.

“Pipelines and spills go hand in hand, and already there have been multiple accidents,” the musicians said. “What is infuriating is that Kinder Morgan never publicly announced the spills to the unprepared citizens.”

“… It is the right time for the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to step in, heed the objections of Hill Country residents and act accordingly to stop the pipeline. We are joined in this call by thousands of Texans whose voices have gone unheard as Kinder Morgan has built their pipeline through our community.”

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Source : chron.com