Texas’s natural beauty and resources are a source of great pride for its citizens, sportsmen, ranchers and farmers. So, from the early stages of the planning process we’ve been working with key agencies to ensure the Gray Oak pipeline project complies with all applicable regulations and laws, including the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act and others. To make this happen we are working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Historical Commission Division of Historic Preservation and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The planned route was carefully chosen to meet several criteria to minimize the impact on the environment, wildlife and cultural resources, including the use of existing pipeline routes and the avoidance of sensitive areas. To reduce potential environmental impacts, the project will also follow existing pipeline corridors to the maximum extent possible. Additionally, qualified biologists conducted surveys to identify any potential suitable habitats of threatened or endangered species so that these areas can be avoided, or impacts minimized. Some of these measures include avoiding habitat through the Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) method, re-routes, and narrowed construction corridors.
Construction methods will be evaluated and selected based on site conditions to further reduce potential impacts. Construction and operation of the project will be in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local regulatory requirements and guidelines. After construction, it is our responsibility to restore the land we disturbed. This includes restoring the land’s original contours and native vegetation.
The Gray Oak Pipeline will be a new, 850-mile-long pipeline transporting crude oil from the West Texas Permian Basin to destinations in the Corpus Christi, Sweeny and Freeport markets.
The Gray Oak Pipeline is being constructed to support the continued growth of the Texas energy industry, responding to market demand for transportation infrastructure to market centers on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Gray Oak will pass through the following counties:
|1. Reeves||8. Crockett||15. Frio||22.Karnes|
|2. Loving||9. Schleicher||16. La Salle||23. Goliad|
|3. Winkler||10. Sutton||17. McMullen||24. Victoria|
|4. Ward||11. Edwards||18. Live Oak||25. Jackson|
|5. Crane||12. Kinney||19. San Patricio||26. Wharton|
|6. Upton||13. Maverick||20. Nueces||27. Matagorda|
|7. Reagan||14. Zavala||21. Bee||28. Brazoria|