April 30, 2018 - Regarding “Environmentalists hurt their cause by opposing pipelines” (Page B1, Wednesday), business columnist Chris Tomlinson hits the mark when he concludes that “pipelines are the safest and cheapest way to transport the energy we need” and that “blocking pipelines actually endangers the environment.”

Like roads, pipelines are a public benefit — a means to move goods to market. They offer safe, reliable transport to provide consumers with dependable, low-cost energy and industry with the raw materials to produce food and common household products. And they reduce pressure on our infrastructure. A moderate pipeline running 50 miles through a county can displace 1,650 trucks — reducing congestion, pollution, traffic accidents and highway damage.

Pipelines are a critical piece of the infrastructure that drives Texas’ economic engine, providing jobs, supporting local business and schools and increasing tax revenue.

Too often, we take for granted the energy that allows us to carry out daily life. Every time we drive our cars, turn on the lights or board an airplane, it is because a network of pipelines stands ready, frequently out of sight, to make our lives just that little bit easier.

TPA appreciates and welcomes common sense conversations about how vitally important the midstream sector is to the state, our country and our way of life.

Thure Cannon, president,

Texas Pipeline Association, Austin


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