Local opponents to the Comanche Trail Pipeline in San Elizario, Texas, took direct action against the 195-mile long natural gas pipeline today (January 12). The pipeline is a project of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. One water protector who has chosen to go unnamed locked herself to an excavator around 7 a.m. MST on a construction site for the pipeline, a tactic also used during the #NoDAPL battle in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
Four unidentified water protectors tap drums and sing songs of prayer in solidarity with their fellow water protector who locked herself to construction machinery on January 12, 2017. Courtesy of Clavo P. Martinez / Facebook
Environmental groups in Texas—Frontera Water Protector Alliance and Earth Guardians El Paso—have concerns similar to those of the people in North Dakota: water contamination, pipeline explosion and land ownership rights. Some farmers in El Paso County have been against the project because it will cut through their farmland.