Sasabe residents in the Altar Valley are nervously watching as construction crews bulldoze land just across the Mexican border.
A proposed 59-mile pipeline carrying natural gas from the Tucson area to Sasabe would not threaten endangered wildlife in Altar Valley, but does threaten the habitat of the endangered Pima pineapple cactus.
The proposed Kinder Morgan Sierrita pipeline could cost taxpayers $11.2 million in its first year of operation.
Officials of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners tried at a public meeting Tuesday to convince residents, environmentalists and county officials that they're sensitive to concerns about a proposed 59-mile pipeline.
A view from Marsh Station Road looking west shows the failure of a revegetation effort along the route of a pipeline built in 2007. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, which wants to build another line from Tucson to Mexico through the Altar Valley, says it is committed to preventing erosion and …
THREE POINTS - Rancher Walter Lane points to a boulder-filled gully, 8 feet deep, jutting north from a dirt road through the Altar Valley.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP's recent decision to shelve plans for a crude oil pipeline from Texas to California has no effect on the company's plans for a natural gas pipeline from Tucson to the Mexican border through the rural Altar Valley, a company spokesman says.
Mexico's president says a Japanese company has been tapped to build a pipeline to import U.S. natural gas south from the Arizona-Mexico border.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors will officially oppose a planned natural gas pipeline between Tucson and Sasabe.
The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge would be either just east of the pipeline's route to Mexico or bisected by it. Refuge officials, however, say going through it would be too disruptive to wildlife, including the endangered masked bobwhite quail.
Pima County and Border Patrol officials, among others, want the proposed pipeline to run next to Arizona 286 through the refuge.
Kinder Morgan has applied to build a new natural gas pipeline just west of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge boundary - a decision that is pitting county, state and federal officials in a dispute over where it should go.
A subsidiary of pipeline company Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has reached agreement to build a new pipeline through a rural area southwest of Tucson to deliver natural gas to customers in Mexico, Kinder Morgan announced Wednesday.
Melissa Owen shows the boundary between the private Sierra Vista Ranch, where she has a vineyard, and the federal Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, right. She is concerned the pipeline might cut a large right of way across her and her husband's land.
Cattle, grasslands and Baboquivari Peak have defined the Altar Valley for generations. By 2015, they may be joined by a natural gas pipeline.