Three camps being set up to protest fracking, drilling

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by David Hunn 

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 works 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.

 

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