Ruby Pipeline poses severe threat to freedom of wild horses

Jan 9, 2010 Full story: Examiner.com

The Ruby Pipeline is a 3 billion dollar investment in a pipeline infrastructure composed of 675 miles of 42" natural gas pipelines starting from Opal Hub in Wyoming to Maine, Oregon, and its path will traverse portions of Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Oregon.

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mesa

Meridian, ID

#1 Jan 14, 2010
There needs to be an investigation into this. Ken Salazar, a rancher, heads the Interior Department that is in charge of the BLM public lands, and that is allowing BLM to do this.

BLM increased the cattle numbers for the ranchers, now it is letting energy companies rip and tear this beuatiful wild place apart.
Maude

Colorado Springs, CO

#2 Mar 31, 2010
mesa,
better get your facts straight. ruby will be a carbon-neutral pipeline. land disturbed by burying the pipeline will restored to its original state with even more trees planted in these states to decrease greenhouse gases. natural gas is the USA's best energy source with the least amount of pollution when compared with oil or nuclear.
omg

United States

#3 Apr 9, 2010
Mesa my family has been working in the pipeline industry for 35 yrs and the land will not ripped or tore up yes a right of way will be built and put back and reseeded and cleaned. Get youre facts straight.
Raina

United States

#4 May 13, 2010
Maude wrote:
mesa,
better get your facts straight. ruby will be a carbon-neutral pipeline. land disturbed by burying the pipeline will restored to its original state with even more trees planted in these states to decrease greenhouse gases. natural gas is the USA's best energy source with the least amount of pollution when compared with oil or nuclear.
We'll see. So far man has done a great job at ruining this beautiful earth. After the rainforests disappear, I suppose it won't matter anymore, will it.
Conservationist

United States

#5 Sep 30, 2010
Not only is my husband a pipeliner, we recently had a large pipeline come near our place in Oklahoma. They left everyone's properties in better condition than they found them, doing an excellent job. Everyone was happy with the work that was done.My husband says that there are very strict rules to be followed. There is no warning system, you break a rule, you are off the job.

This article isn't exactly correct. No waterways will be removed by the construction of the Ruby pipeline. The article itself says that Ruby will work WITH BLM to ensure that the pipeline does not endanger wildlife. They are not tearing up grasslands and replacing them with non-palatable vegetation for wild horses. Non-palatable vegetation may include trees and other plants that are essential for the survival of many wildlife species. The author evidently believes that the BLM should not be trusted. The BLM must manage the wild horses and burros in a way that will not negatively affect other species in the area. That is why they are frequently rounded up -- to control numbers so that they don't negatively impact other species through competition for food and other resources.

Many wild horses that are rounded up are sent to ranches, where the BLM pays so much a head for the rancher to let them run free.

It becomes ridiculous, all these battles back and forth under the name of wildlife protection, when all these different factors really want is a piece of the pie.

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