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Trans-Pecos pipeline set for construction

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The 148 mile, 42 in. Trans-Pecos pipeline – which is set to transport natural gas from Far West Texas (USA) to Mexico – is moving forward much to opponents dismay.

The project

The group leading the pipeline project consists of Mexico’s richest man, Carlos Slim and Energy Transfer Partners Company. The group had filed two proceedings to the 394th District Court in Alpine, with the intention to “survey, clear and excavate along a route” in addition of constructing the pipeline. Construction of the pipeline is set to begin in March.

Once the project is complete, the company shall “insofar as reasonably practicable, level, re-grade and reseed – with the same type of grass that existed on the easements before Trans-Pecos’ use of same – the ground disturbed [through the installation of the line].”

The pipeline is being constructed on behalf of the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission, and will transport approximately 1.4 billion ft3/d of Permain Basin natural gas to Mexico.

Opposing perspectives

Jessica Lutz and David Kelley co-founded the Big Bend Conservation Alliance; a group that opposes the pipeline project, attempting to preserve and protect the environment of Far West Texas.

Keller stated: "This is a sacred landscape, and for them to degrade it with a pipeline is a personal affront. I did not want to be involved [in a battle against the Trans-Pecos project], but the enormity of this threat pulled me into the fold, and I've been a reluctant warrior."

Lutz voiced similar opinions: “The government isn't protecting our land, so we have to. The state is here to facilitate industry, so it's up to us as individuals to voice our concerns and do everything we can to protect these last remaining wild places."

Edited from various sources by Stephanie Roker

Sources: Earth Island Journal, Big Bend Now, Alpine Avalanche

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