Halt the Holly Energy Pipeline

Target: George J. Damiris, CEO and president of Holly Energy Partners

Goal: Stop the proposed construction of the Holly Energy Pipeline in Texas.

The struggle at Standing Rock has captured the world’s attention, but another equally concerning pipeline has just been quietly approved in Texas. The proposed Holly Energy Pipeline will pass through El Paso County, cutting its way through mostly indigenous and Hispanic communities. Locals say the pipeline poses a serious risk to their drinking water. Many locals rely on groundwater for household use, meaning an oil spill could potentially contaminate their only supply of drinking water. Most people in the area were never informed of the pipeline plans, let alone consulted by the company, activists say.

Even the County Commission that approved the pipeline is worried. County judge Veronica Escobar said the commission’s “hands are tied”.

“Unfortunately, due to state law, we are not able to object to the pipeline all together,” Escobar told local broadcaster KVIA.

Among the biggest concerns among locals in El Paso County is the fear of a repeat of the Energy Transfer Partners pipeline that runs through the nearby town of San Elizario. That pipeline now runs just feet away from homes, according to activists. In some areas, the pipeline is buried less than four feet down, prompting fears an explosion could destroy homes and threaten lives.

If you believe nobody should be forced to have a dangerous pipeline running just meters from their home, then sign our petition demanding the Holly Energy Pipeline be ditched.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear George J. Damiris,

Your company, Holly Energy Partners, is currently facing growing controversy over its proposed pipeline in El Paso County. Locals fear the pipeline will run dangerously close to homes and businesses, and poses a severe risk to communities. Many of these communities are heavily dependent on ground water for daily use, meaning even a mild pipeline leak could easily leave hundreds of people without access to water. Their fears are well founded. In 2016, there were more than 200 major pipeline accidents nationwide, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The worst of these actually happened not far from El Paso, in Sweetwater. There, a Sunoco Logistics pipeline leaked 361,200 gallons of crude oil. This pipeline was barely a year old, but the environmental impact could last generations. It should therefore come as no surprise then that El Paso locals are furious Holly Energy Partners now wants to construct a pipeline just feet from their homes. What will you do if the pipeline leaks? What will happen to these people if their communities become just a few more casualties for corporate profits? Do the right thing, and back down from this potentially devastating pipeline.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: James Towill

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    enough pipes already!

  2. It’s an outrage how these pipelines are being forced onto us.

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