SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: As water pipeline route takes shape, some landowners wary

LOCKHART — Roy and Beth McDonald’s retirement property on Schuelke Road has all the subtle beauty of Central Texas ranch country: rolling hills, wide-open skies and a small herd of cattle, llamas and donkeys grazing on the abundant pasture.

 It also happens to lie between San Antonio and prolific aquifers the city’s water utility hopes will one day provide up to 20 percent of its supply.

To access those underground formations in Burleson County, six counties away, a group of private companies is acquiring limited rights to a swath of land 142 miles long and 85 feet wide in most places to build the Vista Ridge pipeline and supply water to the San Antonio Water System. Thirty-five years from now, SAWS will own the pipeline and the easements on the land.

Despite some grumbling over the easements and the project overall, the companies have successfully negotiated deals for nearly half of the route. The McDonalds are among the roughly 435 landowners along it.

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EL PASO TIMES: Pipeline complaints draw lawmakers’ attention

AUSTIN — Two controversial pipeline projects in West Texas are drawing scrutiny from elected officials in the wake of protests and other complaints.

Congressional candidates for the district where the pipelines are located are sparring over the issue, while state lawmakers and others voiced concerns over the projects.

The El Paso Times has reported on complaints that construction of the Comanche Trail pipeline in eastern El Paso County led to the partial collapse of an irrigation canal and undermined portions of a nearby cotton field. On Sunday, the paper reported allegations that builders of the Trans Pecos pipeline late last month wiped out an ancient American Indian site in northern Brewster County and on Friday sparked a protest in Alpine.

The two pipelines are sister projects being built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. They’re both 42-inch lines that will carry natural gas from the Waha Hub near Fort Stockton and connect with pipelines controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim at the Mexican border.

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WFAA: Texas A&M may use eminent domain to elbow out Elbow Room

DALLAS -- A longtime Dallas bar could soon be elbowed out of business, due to the Texas A&M College of Dentistry’s expansion plans.

Patrons have been coming to the Elbow Room on Gaston Avenue for decades for cold beer and good conversation. The brick building is over 100 years old, and some say it’s been home to a bar since the beginning.

For the last three years, Rosalie Nagy and her husband have owned the bar. They have a 20-year lease and had longterm plans to keep the neighborhood staple a constant.

“Business is great,” Nagy said.

But earlier this year, they learned that the nearby Texas A&M's Baylor College of Dentistry is planning a new, $129-million, nine-story clinical facility, and they hope to build it right where the Elbow Room now stands.

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