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Pecos County Judge On Pipeline Plan

Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster says for people in his county, the Trans-Peccos Pipeline plan is business as usual. (Travis Bubenik / KRTS)

The planned Trans-Pecos Pipeline has been a big point of a discussion in Alpine, Marfa, Presidio and the surrounding areas in recent months.

People opposed to Dallas-based Energy Transfer's plan to build a 143-mile natural gas pipeline from the Permian Basin to Mexico are still confident they can stop the plan from becoming a reality, or at least slow it down long enough to let their concerns be heard.

Meanwhile, in Pecos County, the pipeline is already being shipped in and staged on the side of the road. And this is, after all, where the pipeline will originate - from a gas transit hub near Coyanosa, TX.

To find out how the plan's being received outside the immediate Big Bend area, we spoke with Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster. He says for people around Fort Stockton who are well-acquainted with oil and gas activity, it's "just a normal day."

Travis Bubenik is All Things Considered Host and Big Bend Reporter at Marfa Public Radio.