Posted 10:41 PM 6/6/2012 : Pipeline may be built from Avra Valley to Mexico
PIMA COUNTY - El Paso Natural Gas wants to build a 60 mile pipeline from Avra Valley to the Mexican Border near Sasabe.
El Paso would simply be the carrier that brings natural gas from the United States to Mexico. Another supplier would be selling the gas.
The company hosted an open house in Arivaca Wednesday night.
A couple dozen Altar Valley residents attended, mostly to express their concerns.
"This landscape is a very, very special place," Altar Valley resident Mary Miller said. "I feel that this pipeline unzips the valley."
The 3-foot-wide, underground pipeline would basically resemble a dirt road when finished.
El Paso Natural Gas is still trying to figure out the best route for the project.
They are hoping to build in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. They still need permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The pipe would probably cross private land. Project managers are confident they will be able to work with landowners without any legal issues regarding eminent domain.
The pipeline would create jobs and bring tax revenue to Pima County, according to the company.
The pipeline on the other side of the border has not been constructed either.
They hope to be pumping gas in September 2014.
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