It has been an exciting summer for the Big Bend Community opposing the Trans-Pecos Pipeline Project. In my earlier post, I described the initial stages of the opposition. Tracing some of my online involvement in the campaign. The oil and gas industry is a very disheartening and intimidating one to explore. It was a blur of a Spring season, with me traversing the many, many learning curves in social media in an attempt to spread the word of this threatening project to our Big Bend desert.
Summertime is one of the busiest times for me with my little ones, plus my youngest sibling in tow, so my involvement faltered and became more sporadic. In the very beginning of summer, we did attend and participated in the first fund raiser event for Not In Our Big Bend and met many lovely and inspiring individuals that are closely involved in the campaign. That was the peak of my involvement for the summer. Since then I have kept tabs on the campaign from our remote mountain top.
CALL-TO-ACTIONS >> I just want to provide a short checklist of call-to-actions that are in need of your immediate concern.
- >> Need your signature on Binational Agreement Petition (Big Bend Conservation Alliance/Not In Our Big Bend). There are also opportunities to contribute or become more involved in the campaign at this site.
- >> Need funding for Trans-Pecos Pipeline Documentary Project by grassroots volunteer group Defend Big Bend
- >> Need funding for No Trans-Pecos Pipeline Legal Fund by Big Bend Sierra Club. Their Group page on Facebook is No Trans Pecos Pipeline
- >> Need FERC comments; Deadline Sept. 4, 2015 by 4:00 p.m.
One-Two-Three-Four . . . as simple as can be, right?
The first one is a mere click, so super easy. The second and third require a bit more consideration. The fourth requires a bit more thought and time investment. All for an amazing cause and to be a part of something that equates to saving a resource for the future of our Texas, for our country, for essentially our children.
I told you that they’ve been busy out here!
Let’s step back and take a closer look at what you could be involved in.
1. Need your signature on Binational Agreement Petition (Big Bend Conservation Alliance/Not In Our Big Bend)
The easiest of the call-to-actions! Just click and provide the standard information to be included in the petition. It has been a very successful campaign with so many media outlets featuring our Pipeline opposition and the wave of support in response to all this attention has been so uplifting. And yet, so few names on our petition.
It is easy to overlook. So easy to become distracted – to forget – to set aside for another time. So we’ll continue to remind you and hopefully you can find a few spare moments to follow through.
Below is the image of the page that explains the agreement that you are supporting. Click and you will be asked to merely provide name, email, and address.
2. Need funding for Trans-Pecos Pipeline Documentary Project
James Parker blew our minds with his short film “36 inches” for the Jordan Cove Energy Project and the creative energies over at Defend Big Bend were successful in getting him on board to make a sequel with our Trans-Pecos “42 inches” of pipeline. Watch the video below if you haven’t already. It is an excellent overview of the issues that concerns us.
3. Need funding for No Trans-Pecos Pipeline Legal Fund by Big Bend Sierra Club.
Opposing “Big Money” is not a small affair. Thankfully there are so many factions willing to be involved. Here is an opportunity to contribute to the legal funding, because its a very complex matter of endless paperwork, shifting policies and legalities.
4. Need FERC comments; Deadline Sept. 4, 2015 by 4:00 p.m.
This is a task that is well worth your time and efforts. The initial phase of comment entries was in August and they were able to extend the deadline to September 4 at 4:00 p.m.
- FERC Chairman Norman Bay told Congressman Will Hurd (R-23) the commission would ask the pipeline company for more information on the project, Bay said that was happening “in view of the commenters’ concerns.”
Detailed information on the filing of your comments and guidance on what to focus on is available on the website image below. It is under the “Blog” heading if you hover, the drop-box will appear with the options to guide you. There are videos as well.
Busy, busy, right? Many community workshops were conducted in Alpine to assist in completing the admissions.
The campaign has also emerged in a more central hub of the political sphere with Not in Our Big Bend branch in Austin. Below they’ve paired off with a Patagonia retail store.
— Not In Our Big Bend (@NotInOurBigBend) August 25, 2015
There has also been fund-raisers . . .
And continue to be fund-raisers . . .
Can you believe the clouds rolled in just this past spring?
Our community is small, but thankfully they are a persistent, creative, mindful, and resourceful bunch that has been very successful in sending the spotlights on this pressing pipeline. Again, so easy to overlook this quiet part of the country, while you are busy dealing with your daily affairs. We would much rather be sharing beautiful Big Bend views and all that we find inspiring in west Texas. For the time being, for Big Bend’s sake, let’s join together so that in the future we will continue to have moments by the campfire where we can relish in this wild, wild desert country.
Lastly, but not least, we were all so very excited when NPR’s All Things Considered zoomed in and featured our quest:
If pipeline issues are something you want to explore and understand more about here are some helpful resources available at:
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