Resident fears pipeline drilling could harm threatened salamander species

  • Biologists at the University of Texas at Austin identified this salamander who lives near the Pedernales River in February of 2019. Dr. Owen Parker, of Fredericksburg, is concerned that Kinder Morgan’s pipeline could disrupt this at-risk species. — Photo courtesy Tom Devitt, the University of Texas at Austin
    Biologists at the University of Texas at Austin identified this salamander who lives near the Pedernales River in February of 2019. Dr. Owen Parker, of Fredericksburg, is concerned that Kinder Morgan’s pipeline could disrupt this at-risk species. — Photo courtesy Tom Devitt, the University of Texas at Austin
Pipeline company Kinder Morgan did not make note of a newly discovered species of salamander found in the Pedernales River when filing for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) permits in 2019, a local resident discovered. Dr. Owen (Stan) Parker wrote in a letter to the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post that notice of objection to allow this type of drilling in the karsts and aquifers in the…

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