Staging ground for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in Alpine, TX. (Travis Bubenik / KRTS)
This post has been updated to reflect new developments.
Update Friday, May 16
Work at the Alpine staging site for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline can continue amid an ongoing Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) investigation into complaints that the site is being cleared without proper stormwater controls in place.
“The TCEQ has not taken any action to cease the operations/activities at this site,” TCEQ spokesperson Terry Clawson said in an emailed-statement.
Information is still being gathered as that investigation continues, though TCEQ has said the nature of the complaints do not fall under its jurisdiction.
In an email, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) indicted it also does not have authority over pipeline staging areas such as the one in Alpine.
“Pipeline safety regulations address the safe operation of a pipeline, not staging areas,” RRC Spokesperson Ramona Nye said in an email. “Generally, the Railroad Commission has no authority over the routing or siting of pipelines.”
Read our original story below for more.
After construction was halted on a staging ground for Energy Transfer’s planned Trans-Pecos Pipeline amid an investigation into six complaints filed against the site, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said Thursday afternoon it has learned the nature of the complaints do not fall under its jurisdiction.
Thursday morning, TCEQ spokesperson Lisa Wheeler told KRTS the commission launched an investigation after the complaints were filed to the commission’s El Paso regional office on Wednesday.
The complaints allege the plot of land behind the old Coca Cola bottling plant in Alpine has been cleared by Pumpco, Inc. without proper stormwater runoff controls in place.