Delay Comes Too Late To Save Wild Horses’ Freedom
Houston, TX – (SFTHH) To the delight of environmentalists and wild horse advocates the construction of the $3 billion Ruby Pipeline Project has been delayed. The pipeline is slated to run through pristine wilderness from Wyoming through northern Utah and Nevada to Oregon. The project has been the reason that wild horse advocates claim the BLM has been gutting the publicly owned northern Nevada ranges of their native, American wild horses.
Houston based El Paso Corp had planned to begin the controversial project this past spring but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has yet to work out proper agreements with all involved states that wish to protect cultural and historic sites which may be disrupted or destroyed.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the target of the wild horse issue, claims that Wyoming and Utah have come to terms with the FERC and they hope to establish agreements with the other two states, soon.
“It’s a big step at least getting those two states completed,” said BLM project manager Mark Mackiewicz.
Katie Fite of the Western Watershed Project claims that the route crosses too many undeveloped lands when it could be built along current highways and other developed corridors.
“Basically they’re opening up this remote and untouched area with this proposed pipeline route,” said Fite.
Western Watersheds Project filed a motion for rehearing back in April and if the FERC does not respond to the motion within the next week the motion will be dead.
Habitat for Horses President, Jerry Finch, stated, “In my opinion, this is clearly another example of the BLM subverting federal law by removing wild horses from public lands to accommodate the wishes of special interest groups.”
Wild horse advocate and author R.T. Fitch added, “2,000 native horses were removed from the Nevada Calico Complex to either die in pens or be imprisoned for a lifetime to accommodate this project. So far nearly 100 horses have died from the ill-fated BLM roundup. The surviving horses should be released and returned to their lawful land.”
The controversial project may employ as many as 10 people at each of the four proposed compressor stations.