Why The Trans-Pecos Pipeline Matters to Everyone

  • A massive pipeline is slated to run through the Big Bend to supply natural gas to the Mexican company Pemex. The gas will not replace coal, wood or other ‘dirty’ fuels burned in Mexico. It will be sold to the highest bidder on the foreign market.
  • Energy Transfer is skirting the federal oversight required when crossing an international border by claiming the pipe stops at the Rio Grande. A Mexican company will take it from there.
  • A bi-national agreement reached in 2010 by President Obama and then Mexican president Calderon to protect the bio diversity of the Chiuahuan Desert has been blatantly disdained.
  • The proposed pipeline threatens not only the quality of life of its citizens but also the region’s uniqueness and the nature and heritage tourism that are central to the Big Bend economy.
  • The Trans-Pecos pipeline sets a dangerous precedent in a place that has remained largely untouched by the industrial trappings of modern society, increasing the likelihood of oil and gas exploration or additional infrastructure.
  • The pipeline will impact the Big Bend’s natural and
    cultural resources—the landscape, plants, wildlife, and archeological sites the region is famous for.
  • Pipeline compressor stations will threaten the health, safety, and quality-of-life of Big Bend residents with air pollution, noise pollution, light pollution, and risks of leaks or explosions that could cause catastrophic wildfires.
  • The Big Bend is Texas’ last frontier. It is where people come to breathe clean air and get away from the lights, noise, crowding, and pollution prevalent in other parts of the state. It is where people come to enjoy the freedom of wild, open spaces and the splendor of the natural world.