Plaintiffs who sued to stop construction of a natural gas pipeline through the Texas Hill Country had their hopes dashed Tuesday when a Travis County court dismissed their case.

There’s been a public uproar over Kinder Morgan’s plans to construct a new natural gas pipeline across Texas, because it would bisect the Texas Hill Country and take land from property owners across the region. The case, Sansom v. Texas Railroad Commission, was an attempt to stop the pipeline, which failed on Tuesday, when 261st District Judge Lora Livingston of Austin issued a letter ruling siding with the defendants.

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