No Trans-Pecos Pipeline Legal Fund

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Lori Chenault Glover
on behalf of Big Bend Sierra Club
 ALPINE, TX
Help the Big Bend Sierra Club protect the last wilderness of Texas--the Big Bend.  Billionares Kelcy Warren of Dallas, owner of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), and Carlos Slim of Mexico plan to push the 42" Trans-Pecos gas pipeline,  through 143 miles of some of the most pristine, biodiverse land in Texas. Based on the ratio of population to miles, The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is slated as a Class 1, the cheapest and least stringent, despite the fact that it will butt up against many homes in the Sunny Glen neighborhood, just a few miles outside of the town of Alpine, TX.  

Our area is known for rapidly spreading wildfires due to dry desert conditions and high winds. Because we are rural, our emergency response teams are volunteer and poorly equipped for catastrophes. Only a month ago, a two-year-old 42" gas pipeline  owned by Energy Transfer Partners in Cuero, TX, exploded, charring at least a half-mile of asphalt roadway. Data from the National Transportation Saftey Board and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Saftey Administration shows that ETP has had at least one gas rupture or leak incident per year for the past 12 years.  Yet, ETP claims pipeline incidents are "rare" and that their top priority is saftey.  

ETP also suggests there are no endangered species in the path and that archeological impacts are unlikely despite the long list of threatened and endangered plants and animals in the area in addition to numerous historic sites still under study.

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to our property, lives, cultural history, and environment. It is not a matter of "if" the pipeline explodes but a matter of when. We believe our community has a right to say NO to threats to our saftey and welfare. 

Please help us STOP the Trans-Pecos Pipeline from wrapping its lethal arms around our precious community.

 Donate today to fight the Trans-Pecos Pipeline.

Sincerely,

Lori Glover
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We had another amazing turn out in the FERC Commenting Process--300+ to add to our previous 300! This commenting period was more rigorous. Big Bend devotees wrote, researched, and documented comments on the cumulative environmental and cultural impacts the Big Bend Region will suffer if the Trans-Pecos Pipeline is put through our pristine wilderness region. Topics ranging from specific endangered and threatened species, the Chinati Mountains, Alamito Creek, socioeconomics, Marfa Grasslands, and psychological impacts were covered. With such a strong turnout, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has to seriously consider requiring and Environmental Impact Statement to be done on the proposed jurisdictional segment in the Rio Grande.
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Read this article in the Texas Monthly for the latest on the Trans Pecos Pipeline fight in the Big Bend. The Big Bend Sierra Club is not mentioned in this article but continues to actively fight the pipeline in alliance with the BBCA and through top environmental lawyer David Frederick. Please donate today to help us fight Big Money's irreverence for our pristine wilderness!
http://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/a-pipeline-in-the-sand/
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Our fight against oil and gas continues to make it into national media. Listen to this story on NPR's All Things Considered.
http://www.npr.org/2015/08/06/430077409/around-the-bend-of-the-rio-grande-a-proposed-pipeline-stirs-turmoil
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I am so moved by all your generous donations! I feel like we WILL reach our goal of 5000. The 5000 will cover most of lawyer David Frederick's legal fees for filing the intervenor and FERC challenge on the ETP permit at the Rio Grande for the National Sierra Club and the Big Bend Sierra Club.

Believe me, having the Sierra Club enter the fray has made an impact. In David Frederick's challenge of the permit, he eloquently articulated exactly why the pipeline should be environmentally assessed as a contiguous 143 miles of line rather than a small segment at the Rio Grande, as if the head of the snake had been chopped off and had nothing to do with the actions of the body. Because of Frederick's skillful argument, 300 citizen comments including Brewster County Commissioners, Will Hurd, and Sen. Rodriguez, as well as the BBCA FERC challenge insisting on an in-depth Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 1093 feet in the Rio Grande, FERC has decided to environmentally assess the section at the Rio Grande. FERC is ready to receive our public comments once again, so donate and then file your comment. Perhaps, we can convince FERC to go a step further and do an EIS on their jurisdictional segment. We had over 300 comments the first time let's push for 600 this time. We do have a voice and it will be heard!
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Timothy Conrad
40 months ago
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"Mile High Challenge" Beautiful Fort Davis, Texas is around 5,000 feet above sea level, almost a mile high. We would like to reach at least $5280, a "Mile High"!!

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Timothy Conrad
40 months ago
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Pleeeeeeease keep the money flowing. We do NOT want them INVADING, then digging up OUR pristine Big Bend. Please help us keep them OFF OUR BIG BEND!!!

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Timothy Conrad
39 months ago

It is better to GIVE than it is to RECEIVE!!!

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Timothy Conrad
40 months ago

WE ARE BIG BEND!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!!

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adam baker
37 months ago

Defend Big Bend!

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Ira Blanton
38 months ago

Trying to help.

VL
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Victoria Lowe
38 months ago
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In honor of Coyne & Vicki Gibson for their stellar job of commenting and teaching all of us how to do it.

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Liz Sibley
38 months ago
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James Evans
39 months ago
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Thank all of you for your hard and diligent work. Big Bend is a unique and beautiful place in the world, and should be preserved in its most natural state forever.

Timothy Conrad
40 months ago
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"Mile High Challenge" Beautiful Fort Davis, Texas is around 5,000 feet above sea level, almost a mile high. We would like to reach at least $5280, a "Mile High"!!

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Timothy Conrad
40 months ago
1
1

Pleeeeeeease keep the money flowing. We do NOT want them INVADING, then digging up OUR pristine Big Bend. Please help us keep them OFF OUR BIG BEND!!!

+ Read More
Timothy Conrad
39 months ago

It is better to GIVE than it is to RECEIVE!!!

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Timothy Conrad
40 months ago

WE ARE BIG BEND!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!! STOP CONSTRUCTION AT SUNNY GLENN!!!

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