Anti energy-left using American Indians in another pipeline protest in Texas

Houston Chronicle:
Pipeline and drilling opponents will open three camps in the high desert north of Big Bend National Park over the next week or so, hoping to attract hundreds of protesters to West Texas to block a pipeline and the development of recently discovered oil and gas fields.

The organizers aim to follow the example of the hundreds of people who traveled to North Dakota, camping out and demonstrating for months to stop -- at least for now -- the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline, which would have carried oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to Midwestern pipeline networks that connect to the Gulf Coast refineries. The Obama administration decided not to grant the permit needed to finish the project; the incoming Trump administration, however, has pledged to give the pipeline the green light.

An environmental advocacy group began working three weeks ago on the first West Texas camp, near Alpine, to protest a pipeline being built for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the same company building Dakota Access. The Trans-Pecos line would carry natural gas from the Permian Basin to Mexico. Picketers were arrested outside a pipeline equipment yard earlier this month. That camp opens on Wednesday, activists said.

The same group, the Big Bend Defense Coalition, is opening a second further south near the ghost town of Casa Piedra, close to Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Society of Native Nations, an American Indian advocacy group based in San Antonio and instrumental in the North Dakota protests at Standing Rock, is helping organize it. They're calling it the Two Rivers Camp and expect 200 to 300 over the next month or so. It opens Friday with plans to target the Trans-Pecos line.
The third camp is opening in Toyahvale, home to the famous spring and pool of Balmorhea State Park, and aiming to stop the development of nearby oil and gas fields by Apache Corp. The Houston company said in September that it had discovered 15 billion barrels of oil and gas around Balmorhea, and said it could drill as many as 3,000 wells over the next two decades.

Residents have since raised concerns that drilling and hydraulic fracturing around the area springs could contaminate the water and damage other natural resources. Several have vowed to fight.

"We're going to get Toyahvale on the map, finally," said resident Neta Rhyne. "Wish it were for better reasons."
Want to bet these people are using fossil fuel to get to their "camp."  If they are going to protest the production of oil and gas and the transport of it, they should not be using to get to their protests.  That just makes them hypocrites.  I find it hard to take these people's expressed concerns seriously.  They are mainly driving up the cost of producing and getting fuel to market, which means they are trying to hurt consumers as well as companies that market oil and gas.

Hopefully the Trump administration will quit catering to the bad policies of these groups.


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