The construction of a $2 billion pipeline that extends 430 miles from Far West Texas to the Gulf Coast is going to generate opposition, especially by landowners such as Matthew Walsh whose property it crosses. Walsh filed a claim in Blanco County over a 50-foot easement on his 53 acres. According to Kinder Morgan, the fair market value of the damages to Walsh’s property totaled $16,707. Special commissioners in Blanco County overruled the low-ball offer and assigned a value of $233,500. “Kinder Morgan’s initial offer was insultingly low. I hope that other landowners will hear my story and join me in fighting for fair compensation,” said Walsh, who has nixed plans to build a home there. “I do not feel safe living within a few hundred feet of such a massive natural gas pipeline.” The company plans to appeal.
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