VICTORY! Stopping the Piñon Pipeline in New Mexico
Based on our advocacy efforts, community opposition and economics, Saddle Butte San Juan, LLC, which had proposed the Piñon Gathering System Project, withdrew its application, effectively killing the Piñon Pipeline (map). The pipeline would have carried up to 50,000 barrels of oil each day across New Mexico’s Four Corners and Greater Chaco regions, threatening community safety, destroying cultural heritage and sacred sites, as well as pumping close to 8 million tons of carbon into our atmosphere every year, the equivalent of putting 1.5 million more passenger cars on the roads. The Piñon Pipeline would have been approximately 140 miles in length and would disturb about 10,500 square miles of land surface.
We’ll keep an eye on the situation and will be ready if the project resurfaces.
We are also working to protect Chaco Canyon and the San Juan Basin from dangerous fracking. Learn more about that project here.