‘I Don’t Believe it’s In Until it’s In’: Gillespie County Landowner Still Fighting Pipeline
Kay Pence has been fighting Kinder Morgan for more than a year now. The company offered her $45,000 to run part of the Permian Highway Pipeline through her property. “Our appraisal is based on what we’ll actually be physically touching,” explains Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan vice president of public affairs. Pence and many other landowners disagree. “We all contest that the whole property is being damaged by that because there’s a 42-inch high pressure pipeline running through the property,” Pence says. Read more
GLO Seeks Input on $4B in HUD Funds Slated for Flood Mitigation
With Texas slated to receive just over $4 billion to fund flood mitigation projects, representatives from the Texas General Land Office have been holding hearings across the state seeking public input on how best to use the money. The $4.3 billion — which will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development via Community Development Block Grants — is Texas’ allotment of some $28 billion in nationwide disaster relief funds appropriated by Congress in 2018. Typically set aside for housing and other disaster recovery efforts after a storm, this is the first time HUD monies have been set aside with the specific purpose of focusing on flood mitigation and prevention, explained Brittany Eck, the GLO’s communications director for community development and revitalization. Read more
High-Speed Railway Project Gains Partner
Texas Central was at the North Houston Association’s monthly meeting Thursday to give an update on their railway project, connecting a high-speed train from Houston to North Texas. The latest news in the project was the announcement of a new agreement with Mass. Electric, who will work with Texas Central to help install the electrical systems and equipment, including power, signaling and communications. This company is the latest of many partners to join the rail project, which plans to transport travelers between Houston and North Texas in 90 minutes, including a stop in the Bryan-College Station area. Read more
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