Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas
Contact: Arturo Massol
October 11, 2012
Communities Defeat Pipeline
Project Ends with the Cancellation of Permit Application for Via Verde
San Juan - "There are times to fight and protest against threats. But
there are also times to recognize when people power prevails. This was
won it with dignity."
That's how Arturo Massol Deya reacted
after the engineer Joshua Colon, interim director of the Electric Power
Authority (PREPA), publicly signed a letter notifying the withdrawal of
the application for the construction permit for the Via Verde project
that was under consideration by the Corps of Engineers U.S. Army.
"We formally ask today (Thursday) to remove all analysis and all
development efforts and permits for the use of this pipeline to carry
gas," said José Ortiz, President of the Governing Board of the ESA and
also an engineer.
Meanwhile, Alexis Massol González, co founder
of Casa Pueblo, expressed his feelings from Adjuntas of what is
considered as the final blow to the pipeline project that would have
covered 92 miles and affected 13 municipalities of the Island.
"It is a victory that transcends because the process was one of
education and learning for the people of Puerto Rico and its sectors.
Victory teaches us that we can change reality no matter how powerful the
adversary may be," he shared.
"Another lesson is for the
government. We're done with an oppressive and dictatorial government
against the people. The lesson is that you to have to deal with
participatory democracy. Democracy with promises made every four years
is over. This is the irrevocable power the people have today and now we
have an example. Democracy is everyday," he said.
2010, Governor Luis Fortuño announced his intention to build the
northern pipeline at a cost that would later come to $800 million,
according to official figures.
"Of the $800 million, $80
million was wasted in design, expropriations, advertising and lobbyists.
Yet the struggle by our communities prevented many millions more from
going into the abyss. Remember that there was no gas to operate the
pipeline, which was the most absurd thing of all," concluded Massol
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