Piñon Pipeline Project DOA: Company Withdraws Application for Right-of-Way to Develop Pipeline

Protectors showing resistance to pipeline.

Protectors showing resistance to pipeline.

Published December 18, 2016

FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO — Saddle Butte San Juan, the company seeking to develop the controversial Piñon pipeline, has withdrawn its application to the Bureau of Land Management regarding a right-of-way (ROW) for the pipeline for the Piñon Gathering System project (known as the Piñon Pipeline project).

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office has received a withdrawal letter on Friday, December 16, 2016.

The proposed crude oil pipeline route would have followed routes crossing Federal lands, the Navajo Nation’s Four Corners region, State of New Mexico lands, and fee lands from Lybrook, New Mexico, to a proposed rail terminal located near Thoreau, New Mexico. The pipeline would have had the capabilities to transport up to 50,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

This is great news for those opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline. Several of the water protectors at Standing Rock were poised to begin a resistance in the Four Corners area, sources told Native News Online.

The letter stated that due to current market conditions Saddle Butte San Juan, LLC has decided to withdraw their application.

The system would have included a gathering line ROW of approximately 49.5 miles and a mainline ROW of approximately 98.5 miles in length.

Now that the BLM has received the letter,  the agency will no longer consider the project.

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