Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Groups Seek BLM Answer.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

Need for Proposed Pipeline Questioned

Albuquerque's Open Space Advisory Board will join the Friends of Placitas and two local elected officials in asking the Bureau of Land Management to provide a detailed public explanation of the need for a proposed pipeline through New Mexico.

On Tuesday, the Open Space Board approved drafting and sending a letter to the BLM asking why the agency is allowing the project to be split.

Equilon LLC is proposing to refurbish 406 miles of an almost 50-year-old pipeline that used to carry crude oil from Bloomfield to Jal but currently is idle. The company now wants to transport refined petroleum products such as jet fuel and gasoline from Odessa, Texas, to terminals at Moriarty and Bloomfield.

The pipeline runs near the Placitas Elementary School and through the parking lot of the Placitas Community Center. After the project was announced, some residents raised safety concerns.

Earlier this month, Bernalillo school board secretary Margaret Palumbo, Sandoval County Commission Chairman Bill Sapien and Bob Wessely, president of Friends of Placitas, a grassroots environmental group, sent letters to the BLM questioning the project. …

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