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Arizona pipeline proposal includes boulders as route deterrents

TUCSON, Ariz. — A plan for a proposed underground pipeline route through
Arizona’s deserts is calling for the use of boulders to keep out smugglers and
immigrants trying to enter the country without legal permission.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that measures are part
of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ access-control strategy. The measures are
outlined in a document Kinder Morgan filed with the federal officials earlier
this month.

The company is seeking to build a 59-mile Sierrita natural gas pipeline through
the Altar Valley southwest of Tucson to Sasabe.

The plan also calls for fences, timber debris, signs and pipe barriers along
the route.

A top Kinder Morgan official said these strategies have worked for gas pipeline
projects in Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Altar Valley ranchers who oppose the pipeline said they’re still dubious the
control measures.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star,


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