Protesters were arrested in West Texas on Tuesday morning near a pipeline being built from the Permian Basin to Mexico.
Members of the Big Bend Defense Coalition were protesting Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in Alpine. The Brewster County Sheriff’s office arrested two: coalition founder Lori Glover and Alpine resident Roger Siglin.
“We must protect our water, challenge corporate greed, and come to our senses on the truth of fossil fuels and climate change,” said Glover, who had chained herself to the project’s gate.
Former oil field worker Arajoe Battista chained himself to a fence there but was not arrested, the sheriff’s office said.
The arrests come on the heels of a temporary victory in North Dakota, where protesters have fought for months against the completion of Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday that they wanted to further study the impact of digging under Lake Oahe, a dammed section of the Missouri River.
The Big Bend Defense Coalition is hoping to rally troops to Alpine, in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert, about 70 miles north of Big Bend National Park. Residents moved there to be closer to nature and escape big business, protesters said.
The coalition said it would soon gather at a winter camp in hopes protesters from North Dakota would move south.
“We want to welcome all those willing to come and help us protect our nation against corporate greed unfettered,” the coalition said in a statement.