Pipe Schemes

RECEIVED Tue., June 23, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I was an owner of the One Knite, where Stubb's is now, back in its notorious days in the early Seventies. For over 30 years, though, I've lived in Marfa, one of the communities in the Big Bend, now up in arms over billionaire Kelcy Warren's plan to force a gigantic gas pipeline through our area to connect with another pipeline, owned by even bigger billionaire Carlos Slim, under the Rio Grande at Presidio/Ojinaga. They're calling, with straight faces, the Texas part an "intrastate" project because each company builds only to the river. A similarly sized 42-inch pipeline of Warren's just blew up in South Texas, in a fireball visible 20 miles away. Talk about your Marfa lights. After all, who's ever visited the Big Bend and left without wishing this part of the country had its share of the petroleum industry? In Austin, Warren is perhaps better known as the cacique of Music Road Records. If you're a musician working for this outfit or a patron supporting it, you're not doing the Big Bend any favors.
    In case you needed further convincing, Rick Perry joined the board of Energy Transfer Partners, Warren's pipeline company, in February. If you believe that the trouble with the Big Bend is that it doesn't look enough like the Permian Basin, then you'll love these sweethearts and their billion-dollar toxic scheme.
Gary Oliver
Marfa, Texas
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