Map Revisions for Matterhorn Express Pipeline Means More Potentially Affected Texas Landowners.
Last week, news broke that the Matterhorn Express Pipeline, a new gas pipeline to be owned and operated by WhiteWater Midstream Operating LLC, would extend to six additional counties, adding approximately 80 more miles of pipeline to an already significant project, and affecting six more counties than originally anticipated. The natural gas capacity added by the Matterhorn Project would be 2.5 billion cubic feet per day, or enough to power approximately 1.5 million homes. But the project will also traverse the properties of thousands of Texas landowners, who should take care to ensure that their rights are protected and interests are preserved in the project development process.
What is Matterhorn Express?
Austin-based WhiteWater Midstream Operating LLC is the owner and operator of this new Matterhorn Express gas pipeline. Matterhorn Express Pipeline LLC began its work on survey requests and permits in the spring of 2022 for the new gas pipeline project. This original project was a proposed 412-mile, high-pressure gas pipeline, ranging 30”-42” in size, and designed to begin at the Upton County and Regan County line, then run downstate toward the Gulf Coast before dividing and terminating at points near Katy, Texas, and Sealy, Texas. Originally, the project affected properties in Austin, Burnet, Concho, Fort Bend, Irion, Lampasas, Lee, McCulloch, Reagan, San Saba, Tom Green, Waller, Washington, and Williamson, Texas counties.
The revised map for the Matterhorn project shows the addition of approximately 80 miles, and will affect properties in six additional counties: Crane, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Upton at the western end of the pipeline, and Wharton at the eastern end.
It is uncertain when the construction of the project will begin.
What is eminent domain?
Eminent domain is the power of the government to take privately owned property and use it for public use. “Public use” encompasses many different project types like highways, transmission lines, and various types of underground pipelines. Just compensation must be provided to the private landowner.
How does it affect private landowners?
Project contractors are not responsible for ensuring that private landowners receive the maximum payout, but rather are more interested in completing projects as timely and cost-effectively as possible. Without proper legal counsel, private landowners could be taken advantage of and not receive the compensation they deserve.
What can be done?
If you think your property may be impacted by the Matterhorn Express Pipeline project, we encourage you to seek counsel. If you would like to visit with our firm, please feel free to contact us at 512-474-9875. Alternatively, if you would like for our firm to contact you, or if you’d like to sign up to receive email updates, simply fill out the form at this web address: https://bit.ly/matterhorn-project. We’re happy to provide an initial consultation at no cost to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact our firm if we can be of assistance on these or other matters.