Pipeline plan worries Sasabe residents

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Pipeline plan worries Sasabe residents

By Craig Smith. CREATED Dec 6, 2013

SASABE, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - Trouble crossing the Mexican border is usually drugs, or immigrants crossing illegally but residents in the small town of Sasabe have a new border worry: a natural gas pipeline.

In Sasabe, Rancho De La Osa is full of life---and history, from the cemetery, to buildings that date to Spanish Colonial times, to photos of famous guests like President Lyndon Johnson.
But owner Richard Schultz sees trouble a short hike from the ranch house.

"We were looking for peace, harmony and solitude.  Now we've got this intrusion."
He's talking about more than the border fence.  Past the fence he can see groundwork for a 36 inch wide pipeline to send Natural Gas to Mexico. 
Schultz worries about pipeline safety, and environmental damage.  All the work on the Mexico side makes Schultz think it's a done deal on the U-S side.

KGUN 9 reporter Craig Smith asked: "And the earthwork takes it right here without much prospect of a detour?" 

Schultz: "Yeah it's right here.  There's no detour.  It's right here. That's my read on it anyway."

Kinder Morgan is the company planning to build the U-S part of the line.  The company outlines the project and posted many of its' regulatory reports at this site. It says it's addressing concerns, like Schultz's but he says he's hardly heard from them and worries they can condemn the land for the line.

Craig Smith

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Craig enjoys using innovative writing and visuals to make difficult stories easier to understand. As a newsroom manager at KGUN 9, Craig was part of the team that won three best newscast awards from Arizona Associated Press