|Pipelines create profits, perils|
by Betsey Piette
Jan 8, 2012 10:59 AM
Puerto Rico’s Gov. Luis Fortuno is promoting a $450 billion project to build a 92-mile natural gas pipeline, dubbed Vía Verde or the Green Way. The island of Puerto Rico is just 110 miles long.
Opponents call it the Vía de la Muerte — Death Route — because it goes through the center of the island, crossing forests and more than 235 rivers and impacting 32 endangered species. It also presents a risk to over 200,000 people because much of the area is seismically active. Plans call for a 150-foot right of way to be cleared through the forests in the interior mountains. (Democracy Now, June 9) Demonstrations against the pipeline have rocked Puerto Rico."