Target: Norman C. Bay, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC)
Goal: Protect a pristine and sensitive mountainous area from an invasive pipeline project.
A rural and spellbinding landscape is in danger of destruction and industrialization from a proposal to construct a lengthy pipeline through this coveted area. This picturesque space is one of the last pure places in the state, lacking any oil and gas infrastructure. The pipeline will scar the land and not benefit the local community. We must take action now and demand a strict environmental assessment of this pipeline project before construction and operation begins.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is currently expected to stretch 143 miles through Texas’ most beautiful land, Big Bend. The area is most famous for Big Bend National Park. The terrain is home to a variety of wildlife such as black bears, migratory birds, deer, and reptiles. Sensitive wetlands and grasslands also make up the rest of this biologically diverse region. Residents in the area worry that if one pipeline is built, it will open up the region for even more oil and gas infrastructure.
Citizens are concerned for their land but also for the natural landscape. Natural gas pipelines are invasive to the land during construction. Since the line will operate four feet under the surface of the ground, excavation of this untouched soil will occur. New roads and infrastructure will need to be built for pipeline maintenance and service, creating more of an impact than just the line itself.
The most startling aspect of this location is that the Big Bend area is one of the most seismically active areas in the state of Texas. Earthquakes and underground vibrations could easily cause pipeline ruptures and leaks. Natural gas pipeline leaks vent out methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. A rupture could also start wildfires in this desert-like region.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is being built so that Mexico can have a cheaper energy source. This precious land does not need this kind of infrastructure. By signing this petition, you are demanding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission take control of this project and assess a strict environmental review of this invasive pipeline.
Dear Chairman Bay,
The Big Bend region in Southwest Texas is a unique area that features mountainous terrain, sensitive wetlands, and diverse grasslands. Wildlife such as black bears, rattlesnakes, deer, and migratory birds depend on this place to survive and thrive. Sadly, a pipeline project wants to invade 143 miles of this fragile and untouched ecosystem.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline will destroy the land before operation and threaten the area once natural gas is pumping through the pipe. This area is also known to be seismically active. In such an area like this, a rupture or leak is all too real. A leak will vent methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas, and could possibly start wildfires in this dry and desert-like environment.
The pipeline will not benefit the local community; it will simply be directed to Mexico. I am urging you to please demand a strict environmental assessment for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. Please protect Texas’ native land, wildlife, and residents.
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Photo Credit: Joe Mocerino