In Far West Texas, in the region of Big Bend National Park, the construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline is currently underway. TPPL is a 148-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline that will carry 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas to Mexico everyday. TPPL is under construction by Dallas based Energy Transfer Partners, the same company constructing the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and thousands of other pipeline and fracking operations spread out across the United States.
TPPL route construction has intentions of crossing through private ranch lands with or without the owners or adjoining property owners permission. The pipeline will cross through numerous cultural and environmental sites including creeks and drainages that lead straight to the Rio Grande. Starting in Fort Stockton, a reborn West Texas hub for natural gas exploration, fracking, and transfers, TPPL is set to ultimately cross under the Rio Grande at Presidio, Texas where the natural gas will then be sold to Mexico.
With the potential of breaking or leaking, as all pipelines eventually can and will do, TPPL could then destroy the ecosystem of downstream Big Bend State Park, Big Bend National Park, and water and agricultural land along the river valley. A finished TPPL will also create more dependency on fossil fuel exploration, poisonous fracking, and refinery developments that the residents of the Big Bend Region have strongly professed they do not want. TPPL will also make Mexico more dependent on cheap but dirty fossil fuels for decades to come instead of progressing towards clean renewable energy.
Hundreds of jobs have temporarily been created by the project, but after construction only dozens of jobs will remain to continue servicing the pipeline. If TPPL is fully constructed, there is no moving backward. Are the efforts being made to destroy the region’s environment worth it? Absolutely not. This pipeline is being constructed for one reason, the profit of Energy Transfer Partners and the politicians that support it’s construction.
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