Yesterday, a state judge ruled that Kinder Morgan could begin construction of a proposed pipeline after a legal challenge from environmentalists. The TREAD Coalition, an upstart environmental group, funded the lawsuit in hopes of halting the construction of the proposed pipeline.
The proposed pipeline is expected to move 2.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Permian Basin to the Katy Hub, helping to address the recent pipeline shortage in Texas. Kinder Morgan Executive Tom Martin praised the ruling, stating:
“The court’s finding validates the process established in Texas for the development of natural gas utility projects.”
The TREAD Coalition said that it was still unsure if they would appeal the court’s decision. While the TREAD Coalition’s next step is unclear, other environmental leaders, including the Texas Sierra Club, have called for protests at the homes and churches of any Texan who expresses support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline.