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"Despite the bleak legal prognosis, some landowners are vowing to fight to the bitter end, among them Val Beard, the former county judge. She and her husband, Tom, own the Leoncita Ranch north of Alpine, among other family holdings.She said she finally got enough specific information last week to pinpoint where Trans-Pecos Pipeline Ltd. wants to cross her land. “They want to run it right through our ranch headquarters, five homes, barns, shipping pens, buried electrical lines, lots of old family history,” she said. “And behind the house is Leoncita Springs, first known to history in 1684. Free-flowing springs, walnut trees, a beautiful desert oasis,” she added. Beard, who, like her husband is a lawyer, said a line in the sand has been drawn.“This is one of those 'over my dead body’ things. We’re dead serious about opposing this,” she said.And she expects the battle to be soon met. “As I understand the process, it’s going to roll out really, really fast, and part of theirstrategy will be to divide land owners. Threaten people with going to court,” she said. “The problem with us, is we’ve been in court all our lives.” via San Antonio Express-News
The consortium, called Trans-Pecos Pipeline Ltd, will own the pipeline, just one component of an extensive modernization of Mexico’s energy systems. The country is creating a national gas pipeline system and wants to increase the use of natural gas instead of coal in electric plants.
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