We went to a local compressor station for some training with their staff yesterday evening. It supports a 36-inch natural gas line that has been in place for decades; since the fracking boom, it has been running 24/7. Basically, four huge turbines push the gas eastward from here. When you meet with these guys, it’s incredible how professional they are and how safe the operation is. Another company is trying to put a new pipeline through the area and are encountering huge resistance (NIMBY).
A frequent criticism of the anti-fracking advocates is that the hill country is no place for a pipeline, thereby ignoring the miles of pipeline already in place. Of course, as long as pipelines aren’t built the material will just ship by other more dangerous means.