So this is embarrassing. Okay maybe not embarrassing, but at least super ironic.
Members of the “Two Rivers Camp – Stop Trans-Pecos Pipeline” activist group have ended their protest against the natural gas pipeline project in West Texas, and have decided to move on to their next effort in Kansas.
There’s just one problem. They don’t have the gas money to get there.
The irony was not lost on Texas Natural Gas spokesman Steve Everly, as quoted by the Daily Caller:
“It’s obviously funny that they are crisscrossing the country to protest pipelines, using gasoline that costs a lot less thanks to fracking and pipeline infrastructure.”
The activists did what any enterprising group of activists would do — took to Facebook to plead for gas money. And just to make the donating as “user-friendly” as possible, a link to the Society of Native Nations PayPal account is included in the post:
In the “asking for some help” post, the group said:
“[S]ome of us from camp are headed out to meet other relatives to get more supplies for the camp in Kansas to help transition and continue to fight. [W]e could use some help with gas […] Please help and donate whatever small amount you can as it helps and is very appreciated.”
According to the Trans-Pecos Pipeline website, the project was 98 percent complete as of February, 24 — and was on schedule to be fully operational by the end of March. The 148-mile-long pipeline is designed to transport 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from Pecos County in Texas to the Mexican border.
As the Guardian reported in January, Frankie Orona, executive director of the Society of Native Nations and an organizer at the Two Rivers camp, said the group used “the same model as Standing Rock” — the failed protest against the Dakota Access project:
“We’re going to follow the same model as Standing Rock. This is a huge historical moment for environmental issues, for protecting our water, protecting our land, protecting sacred sites and protecting treaties.”
President Trump “advanced approval” of both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline projects via executive order in January.