Pipeline talk stirs aquifer worry

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Two proposed pipelines – one for water and the other for oil – could impact Uvalde County residents if plans come to fruition.

The first item is a proposed 83-mile pipeline intended to transport water for sale out of Del Rio to the Bexar County area. The second is a 30-inch crude oil pipeline proposed by a Houston company intended to stretch approximately 350 miles across the aquifer recharge zone.

In the state of Texas, the regulatory authority for pipelines is the Texas Railroad Commission. The Edwards Aquifer Authority is a regional water management agency created by the state of Texas to protect and regulate the use of that aquifer.

Oil Pipeline

Houston-based oil pipeline company Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is making plans for a pipeline spanning from Midland County to Wilson County, which would possibly pipe crude oil through recharge zones for the Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer underlays multiple counties and provides water to more than 2 million people, including citizens of Uvalde.


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