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File #: 19-8472   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Intergovernmental Relations Committee
On agenda: 11/13/2019
Posting Language: Briefing and possible action on a resolution to protect the Edwards Aquifer from the potential negative impacts of oil and gas pipelines [Jeff Coyle, Director, Government & Public Affairs]
Attachments: 1. Draft Resolution, 2. Item 3_IGR_Pipeline Resolution
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DEPARTMENT: Government & Public Affairs



Briefing on a resolution to protect the Edwards Aquifer from the potential negative impacts of oil and gas pipelines.

This item provides a briefing on a proposed resolution opposing the construction of oil and gas pipelines that could potentially impact groundwater over the Edwards Aquifer area, and directing a review of legislative and legal actions to protect the Aquifer from the dangers of oil and gas pipelines.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise), a Houston based service provider for oil and gas producers and consumers, is in the process of expanding its Midland to Houston network through the construction of a 30-inch crude oil pipeline. The initial route planned by Enterprise indicated it would likely cross over the Edwards Aquifer's contributing, recharge and artesian zones. The proposed pipeline raised landowner and community concerns about the impact of a pipeline over sensitive underground water supplies.

City staff conducted research and outreach to Enterprise to gather information on the proposed pipeline and the regulatory process in place related to oil and gas pipelines. During this period, Enterprise met with landowners along the proposed route and, in a press release issued on October 4, indicated that the pipeline would avoid the Edwards Aquifer.

The Edwards Aquifer provides the San Antonio region with an abundant source of groundwater, vital to the region's growing population and expanding economy. Since 2000, voters have supported a sales tax collection dedicated to the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program (EAPP). Through the program the City has purchased properties and easements in the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zones to limit development in those areas and protect the aquifer.

Because of the sensitivity of San Antonio's primary water source and the City's cons...

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